Don’t just be a boss — be a leader. Maximize your leadership skills in the five most crucial areas: decision making, executive coaching, leadership training, strategic management and understanding your leadership style.
Situational leadership changes depending on the type of leadership (direction and support) each of your employee’s needs. Emotional leadership is based more on the theory of emotional intelligences and relates to the situation at hand.
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What you do or don't do during periods of change determines how many good employees stick around, and what kind of attitude they will hold about the enterprise long after the cause of the difficult times has been forgotten. Here are some actions you can take that will make a big difference:
Front-line managers make a tremendous difference in turnover, costs,
quality, safety and innovation, not to mention overall performance.
They’re the people who keep customers happy and keep small glitches
from widening into disasters. First-level leaders need to understand
the whole organization, yet they rarely are let in on the big picture. Every one of your front-line leaders should be able to answer “Yes” to these questions:
Below, we list the nine key qualities people seek most in a leader, as research shows. Which qualities do you own?
When Kevin Rollins took over as chief executive at Dell last year, he arrived just in time to see profits begin to slump. Rollins could’ve blamed a saturated marketplace or other external
factors. Instead, he decided that poor management was to blame. In a
gutsy upside-down move to shake things up, he asked employees to review
their bosses’ performance.
U.S. business leaders tend to be professional managers with fewer
family and political ties than leaders elsewhere, says one Harvard
business professor who’s studied the issue. Because of this relative
independence from family and politics in business, the research
indicates, Americans use a greater variety of leadership styles. Which one of these describes you?
Robert Hopkins, a pilot and photographer during World War II, could
have settled for being one of many photographers assigned in 1945 to
the Yalta conference in the Crimea, where the three main Allied leaders
would shape the postwar world. Instead, being crowded out of prime shots by some 30 Russian
photographers led the young Hopkins to assert his leadership skills.
IBM has always been known for its leadership training. So, why did it decide to rewrite its own book on leadership? In 2002, incoming CEO Sam Palmisano decided that the Internet really
did change everything, and Big Blue’s leadership model would have to
You're the leader of a sales team that closes high-value deals every day, and you're justifiably proud of your team's consistent performance. But today, you're in a quandary, after a disturbing conversation with your top salesperson ...
Many a leader has crashed on the rocks of mergers and acquisitions.
That’s because the sirens’ call says that merging two corporate
cultures is the “soft stuff.” The hard truth, notes Susan Bowick, who retired last year as an
executive vice president at Hewlett- Packard (HP), is that “the soft
stuff is the hardest stuff.”
"We're living through a historically steep leadership learning curve. Unfortunately, we're learning from unbelievably poor examples of leadership." So writes consultant and leadership coach Dan Coughlin in his book, Corporate Catalysts.