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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Dan Ariely, a psychology professor at Duke University, remembers the first time he was hired by attorneys to serve as an expert witness in a court case. A big law firm sought his help to explain its client’s behavior ...
Making a bad decision is bad enough. Just don’t dig yourself into a deeper hole. You’ll save time and headaches by avoiding what experts call “the escalation trap”—escalating your level of commitment to a lost cause.
After decades at the top, some executives lose their bearings and come across as imperious. When you’re compensated well to run a large organization, as Gordon Gee was, it’s even more important to watch what you say.
In the midst of the federal government shutdown, the law dictates that the President and members of Congress will continue to receive their pay, even as other federal workers must go without and merely hope for retroactive compensation.
Amar Bose, a pioneer in acoustics and founder of a company noted for its portable speakers and headphones, died in July at age 83. Bose’s legacy at both his company and at MIT, where he worked on the faculty for 40 years, was that of a teacher.
Aaron Jagdfeld runs a fast-growing company with $1 billion in annual ­revenue. He’s president and CEO of ­Generac Holdings, a maker of automatic standby generators based in Waukesha, Wis. Jagdfeld joined Generac in 1994 and became its chief executive in 2008, starting with a blank slate to shape the company's culture.
There’s no shortage of negative employee behaviors that can have an ill effect on the entire workplace. Use these tricks of the managerial trade to deal with some of the most irritating employee types.
Sure, every worker dreams of his or her manager handing out a large raise, but there is more on an employee wish list than money. Here’s what else employees would choose if they could.
Ever think you don’t deserve the success you’ve achieved in your career? According to Joyce Roché, author of The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success, you might be suffering from impostor syndrome—the feeling that you’re a fraud and that others are more qualified.

If there is one thing that takes a team off of its focus or its ability to innovate, it is conflict. Yet conflict is unavoidable. It’s part of the human dynamics of people working together. How a manager approaches conflict can elevate a team’s performance and increase its ability to produce results. Here are the three best ways to deal with team conflict.

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