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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Most incidents of workplace violence could have been prevented. A supportive workplace, in fact, is one that works daily to keep violence at bay, using a three-stage strategy of primary, secondary and third-level prevention.
Basketball star Pete Maravich (1947-1988) revolutionized the game with his ball-handling skills. But it didn’t happen by accident: Pete’s father blazed his son’s path to greatness with great care.
What behaviors make great ­leaders? "Integrity is so essential. People will only follow someone who has integrity," says Al Bolea, who has enjoyed an exciting career in the oil and gas industry. Today, Bolea runs Applied ­Leadership Seminars in Big Lake, Alaska.
If you hold all your positive comments for year-end appraisals, employees will have to travel a long distance on just one tank of praise.
Tele­­commuting can offer employers some potential advantages, but successful management of off-site employees takes some special consideration.

In most manufacturing plants, a supervisor oversees the work of a few dozen people. But at General Electric’s jet engine facility in Durham, N.C., more than 300 employees report to the plant manager. These 300+ people thrive in self-directed work teams.

To raise money for GLIDE, a social service institution working to alleviate human suffering and poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area, famed investor Warren Buffett is offering the chance to sit down with him for a midday meal.
To ensure a positive feedback session, do not hand out your evaluation ahead of time. Instead, hold it until the meeting and go over each section with the employee.
Is your organization truly ethical from the ground up? If employees are acting unethically, it can lead to drains on your budget, employee morale and team productivity.
People exhibit passive aggressive behavior in many ways—for example, muttering during meetings, doing things behind others’ backs, or not adhering to deadlines or commitments. Managing those behaviors can be challenging, as they are often not presented directly to you.
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