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.

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It’s been a tricky first few months as General Motors’ new CEO for Mary Barra, who is faced this week with testifying before a Congressional committee investigating GM’s controversial handling of a recall of vehicles that many believe came way too late.

The 20th century guru of self-help, Dale Carnegie, followed his own recipe for success, becoming a crisp speaker, confronting fear and learning what people want. Here’s how he put it:

No one thinks of Applebee’s, the restaurant chain, as a purveyor of fine dining. So Julia Stewart, CEO of parent company Dine Equity, sees Applebee’s for what it is.
Dennis Davis, author of Threats Pending, Fuses Burning: Managing Workplace Violence and director of client training for Ogletree Deakins, urges employers to be on the lookout for workers who display any of these eight warning signs of violent behavior.
Leaders cannot talk their way out of a deteriorating business. To reverse course, take bold steps. Bob Flexon became Dynegy’s CEO in July 2011; four months later, the energy company filed for bankruptcy. To boost morale, Flexon unveiled a series of dramatic changes.
Blogger Amy Morin has put together a wildly popular post covering 13 things about mentally strong people. Here’s a quick rundown.

Congratulations! You’ve been appointed to lead a new team. The key to team leadership is knowing how to pull back and let the group gel. Follow these tips.

Next time you rue one of the coulda­­shouldawoulda missteps every leader inevitably makes, know that your fumble can’t possibly be worse than these three, recently rated the biggest business goofs of all time by Business­­Insider.com.
The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, has a new boss. Doug McMillon, an Arkansas native and head of the company’s international division, takes over this month from retiring CEO Mike Duke, who has been at the helm for five years and will remain on the board.

Every organization runs into time crunches—sometimes predictable, sometimes sudden emergencies. Whenever your crazy time is, you could lose some of your best employees if they feel taken for granted. Encourage supervisors to follow these four steps to support employees during those times.

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