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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One of the most sensitive areas for any supervisor is introducing change to an employee. Here are three points to keep in mind whenever an employee says “no” to a legitimate work order.
As an emergency manager in Florida, FEMA chief Craig Fugate become known for his "thunderbolt" drills, in which he launched surprise disaster scenarios on staff members who were expected to react with the same speed and decisiveness as they would in a real situation.

Bossy know-it-alls make poor team ­leaders. To build unity among your group, display humility and strive to learn from others. Avoid communicating these five destructive messages to your team.

Don't be greedy ... Keep it light ... Go fly a kite.
Q. Why do we frown on business leaders who truly command?
Oscar Niemeyer, one of the world’s most prominent modern architects, is re­­nowned for his light, airy and fanciful structures. Famous for designing the capital city of Brasília, and for collaborating with Le Corbusier on the United Nations headquarters in New York, Niemeyer was a pioneer who needed to escape the clutches of fascism to continue his work.
Usually, employees gripe that the job stinks. On occasion, the odor is real and it’s not coming from the job. It’s wafting off a co-worker. Use these best practices to address an employee’s personal hygiene problem tactfully and effectively, and minimize the employee’s embarrassment.

If you treat your employees like they’re invisible, you're asking for trouble. Take these steps to acknowledge people and make them feel important.

Each year at Harvard's Sanders Theatre, more than 1,000 spectators watch real Nobel laureates hand out awards to scientists who engage in deeply unusual research—on everything from the self-esteem of the inebriated to the effects of opera on mice who have undergone heart transplants.
Think your job involves too much travel? Consider the challenge of Danny Roderick, CEO of Westinghouse Electic Co.: He manages about 13,000 employees in 18 countries.
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