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.

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In every workplace and on every team, all people have the innate desire to feel appreciated and valued by others. Leaders of teams—and team members themselves—should work to encourage a culture of appreciation.
If your team isn’t sitting in the same office or even the same state, you may need some new management prac­­tices to keep things running smoothly. Try these tips from Travefy co-founder David Donner Chait.
It may be apocryphal, but it is said that at the end of the Revolutionary War, England’s King George III asked an American, Benjamin West, about George Washington’s plans.
Poor Richard III. After his war-torn bones were found earlier this year in a Leicester car park, the controversial king turned out not to have been quite the deformed viper, toad or hedgehog that Shakespeare called him.
Bell Labs was among the most innovative scientific organizations of the 20th century. The man at the helm was Mervin Kelly, a physicist who led the laboratory. Follow his lead for inventing the future.

Team leaders can get ensnared in their own good intentions. The result can cause an admirable effort to backfire. Here are four mistakes team leaders need to avoid.

Many leaders use outdated methods of motivation like bribery and dangling a carrot. Perceived as manipulation, these methods backfire by creating mistrust, passive-aggressive behavior and inaction.
When hearing the news that someone on your staff is pregnant, don’t be surprised if you experience a mixture of feelings. While you may be genuinely happy for the person, the announcement might generate concern for the future of your team.
Despite the shift from telecommuting at some companies, research suggests that allowing it is advantageous to the employer. According to Washington State Univer­sity psychology professor Tahira Probst, PhD, studies confirm a positive correlation between telecommuting and significantly higher levels of job satisfaction and perfor­mance, and reduced turnover and stress.
How to handle workplace romances on your team.
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