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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Upton Sinclair, best known for his muckraking books The Jungle and Oil!, had such a winning personality that he ran for governor of California in 1934. But it soon became apparent that what made “Uppy” a great man did not make him a great candidate for the Democratic Party.
You can learn vital leadership lessons from King Solomon, still considered one of the wisest men who ever lived. Here’s a sampling of Solomon’s advice:
Say you have seven direct-reports. Each one signs on to meet three important, attainable goals every quarter. If they hit their targets, four quarters will produce 84 major achievements.
In 1992, Mike Schwartz walked into a Harley-Davidson dealership in Delaware … and learned that he’d have to wait a year and half for his bike. Convinced that he could do better, Schwartz told his wife: “I’m going to buy that place.” She knew he meant it.
John F. Kennedy had many advantages when he first ran for elected office in 1946, including money, charm, wit and good looks. But Kennedy also decided to buck the status quo. His approach raised him to national prominence.
Figure out your “center” as a leader, by answering these questions:
Funny, but the very same skills that leaders find most important for leadership— communicating and listening (43 percent)—they also consider their biggest shortcomings. At least according to a new survey.
“Whole” leaders balance head, heart and guts, while “partial” leaders lag in one or two qualities. Here’s a series of questions to determine if you or your organization are balanced, along with adjustments you can make:
You may not want to think about this, but the sooner you figure out your own succession plan, the better. “Leaders don’t go soon enough,” says Gary Erickson, founder of Clif Bar, the $100 million maker of energy bars.
In the brave new world of excess supply, your customer is king. So says Peter Georgescu, former chairman of communications firm Young & Rubicam.
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