Leaders & Managers

From the nitty gritty of daily management to addressing your aspirations of leadership, this section for leaders & managers tells you how to make strong leadership decisions, build effective teams, delegate and stay above the everyday management muddle.

Get tips, strategies, tool and advice on: performance reviews, preventing workplace violence, best-practices leadership, team building, leadership skills, people management and management training.

Scott Thompson was ousted by Yahoo after the company found that Thompson had lied about his credentials. Was a résumé fib a big deal or a little one? Leadership blogger Wally Bock insists that a CEO should be held to the highest standards, and fudging on a résumé is hardly an unintentional act.
While it’s trendy for companies to tear down the corporate walls and declare all employees equal, new research in the journal Psychological Science says teams with built-in hierarchy are more productive than teams in which all people hold an equal amount of power.

It’s the rare CEO who demotes himself. Yet, that’s exactly what Twitter chief Evan Williams did two years ago, stepping down to focus on strategy while handing over the top job to Dick Costolo, an executive with greater business acumen.

To help your troops manage risk and change, help them access the information that will allow them to react well—and without fear—just like the Royal Marines, who have been trained to convert uncertainty (and fear) into well-defined risks.
"The primary mistake I see many leaders make is falling into the 'Popeye Syndrome' (I am what I am). Their attitude is: If you don’t like the way I do things, who cares?" says Sal Silvester, organizational development consultant.
It was an honest mistake, but a sloppy error that’s going to cost the company thousands of dollars. What do you do? Even the best employees screw up, and while it’s your job to handle disciplinary issues, you don’t want to risk losing an otherwise valuable employee.
One of the biggest project management pitfalls is “scope creep,” otherwise known as the tendency for a project to expand over time. Here are six rules to prevent the pain and problems of scope creep:
When a crisis arises, a manager must be prepared to step up and lead the teams.
If you have an employee who has trouble staying organized or flits from one thing to the next, it's possible he or she may be suffering from attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Perhaps you put in many long hours of work each week and expect your employees to do the same. But how much is too much?