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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Herman Edwards, newly named head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs football team, always had leadership in his bones.
Most people never heard of Gary Kelly until one of his planes slid off the runway at Chicago’s Midway Airport in December. But Kelly has been cleaning up after crashes for a while. For Kelly, leadership means getting the team behind you.
Kelly Slater’s older brother used to turn everything into a contest, and he always made sure Kelly lost. That, coupled with their drunken father and angry mother, forged Kelly Slater into a fierce competitor and a wild man on a surfboard.
What are the most common foibles that cause promising leaders to fail? These are the traps that can bring you down:
It often happens that a leader’s early life tells volumes about his character. Here’s a story from U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., about his first job at a grocery store in Stotesbury, W.Va., a mining town where he’d worked his way up to meat cutter in 1935.
You’ve probably heard of “Occam’s Razor,” the maxim that says you should heed the simplest answer to a difficult question. But who is or was Occam and why should you care?
Ritz-Carlton President and COO Simon Cooper has a simple way of helping his people develop their leadership abilities. When someone has an idea and says “We can do it,” Cooper allows that person to lead the process, provided that he or she can develop a workable strategy.
After he’d already served as governor of New York, published more than a dozen books, served two terms as president of the United States and won the Nobel Peace Prize, Theodore Roosevelt said these words about leadership:
Ping Fu’s first 23 years were marked by imprisonment and torture in China, first as a child and later for dutifully researching, as assigned, the country’s epidemic of infanticide. Locked for days alone in utter darkness, she hoped her execution would be quick. Instead, officials exiled her to America.
When he spoke at the opening of his 1964 trial, Nelson Mandela never denied that he planned sabotage against the white South African government. In fact, he painstakingly explained his rationale for violence, having concluded that peaceful means to gaining civil rights for blacks were not working.
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