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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Unless you push ahead, the forces of inertia will bog you down, and one of the most powerful forces of inertia is objections.
Think you’re a pretty big wheel, eh? Forget it, you piker! You’ll never be a leader on the order of that liver-spotted captain of industry, Mr. Burns.
Ronan Tynan, the Irish tenor who has sung everywhere from Yankee Stadium to Ronald Reagan’s funeral, is a fighter. When his legs were amputated below the knees after a motorcycle accident, Tynan trained hard enough to win Paralympics gold medals. Then, he earned a medical degree. At age 33, he decided to start a singing career.
The leader who’s suddenly underemployed—through downsizing, demotion or simply a lucky exit from a very bad job—should heed the reminder that Martha Stewart heard before she packed off to prison: You’re no longer the boss.
Even those who wind up on the leading edge may not start out perfectly.
Looking for a better-paying job? We’d advise gauging your actual marketability first in the great, wide world by snagging a job offer, then taking it back to your boss. But you can do it the other way, too, if you just want to be paid the full market rate at a current job that you love.
New research shows that dishonesty hurts the bottom line much more than anybody thought, and leaders who teach or allow dishonest tactics will suffer the consequences.
You charge through busy days, weeks and months, tackling one big project after another. But what about the important things you never get around to? The big ones you keep setting aside?
Leaders aren’t born. A single, transforming experience can make them. Craig Venter, the man who raced the government to a tie in mapping the human genome, started out as a beach bum … until Uncle Sam drafted him and sent him to Vietnam.
Former DuPont Chairman Ed Woolard asked workers this question when he visited them on the production line: