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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During the onboarding process, you do your best to quickly but thoroughly bring new hires up to speed. However, how do you know if new employees are ready to tackle a truly important assignment?

Michele Ferrero only gave one interview and kept one secret: the recipe for his hazelnut-chocolate spread, Nutella. In that one interview, though, Italy’s chocolate king revealed three other trade secrets.

When CEO Bob Diamond resigned from his post at Barclays, it sent a message to other bankers: Even the head honcho’s job isn’t safe if the company gets ensnared in an ethics scandal. Diamond, who left in 2012 over questionable actions among his bank’s traders related to manipulating interest rates, may not have realized a tenet of ethical leadership: It’s not what you’re doing that counts as much as how you’re judged in the court of public opinion.

If you want to be a successful manager, it is critical that you make the following activities part of your regular routine.

After Jason Curry invented a device to help deaf people communicate, he wanted to enlist the help of an influential entrepreneur named Jason Fried. So he showed up at an event that he knew Fried would attend. Yet rather than introduce himself to Fried and make a quick elevator speech, Curry took a different tack: He demonstrated his invention.

Hailed as a creative genius, physicist ­William Shockley mastered quantum theory and led a team to invent the transistor. But he did it the hard way.
Tiger Woods’ reputation has taken many hits through the years. However, the golf icon has done his part to earn Best Communicator of the Month.
Eric Greitens became a Navy SEAL by becoming a leader. He figured the best way to start Hell Week would be to pull together a team of seven and keep them together, using the chaos of night to their advantage ...
Plan your succession ... Listen to your inner voice ... Try a novel out-of-office message.

Soon after Marillyn Hewson became Lockheed Martin’s CEO in early 2013, she packed her bags. Her goal was to meet face-to-face with investors, customers and employees. After months on the road, she met with more than 60,000 staf­­fers.

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