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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A new database on business leadership is starting to yield insights into the nature of leaders within the context of their times. Tony Mayo, who directs the Harvard Business School Leadership Initiative, described three leadership patterns, or archetypes:
In leadership, as in surfing, every wipeout represents a victory. You put yourself out there, crash and learn.
Intuit founder Scott Cook’s first rule: “Be humble about your importance, about how many answers you know and about how much you don’t know (which is always more than you think).”


While still a saleswoman (and a great one, at that), Mary Kay Ash drew up a list of pros and cons about the companies she’d worked for. Realizing that the list of positives composed a business plan for her dream company, she founded Mary Kay Cosmetics.
Whether you’re pitching a proposal, recruiting an employee, leasing space or seeking capital, you’re constantly bargaining with others.
Whether you court clients or answer to bosses, use this schedule from consultant Andrew Sobel to form your master leadership plan:
If your organization pared back during the economic slide, you may be joining other employers that are rebuilding their staffing levels.
More employers expect to pick up the hiring pace ...
Issue: HR specialists can become emotionally hooked on solving employees' problems. Risk: Resulting emotional overload can sap your time, your energy ...
As New York City mayor, Rudolph Giuliani at least twice found himself considering evenly matched candidates vying for the top spot of an important job. Here’s how he chose without losing good people:
Chances are your new hires get at least some on-the-job training from experienced, high-performing team members. Those same veterans are also often the employees who are chosen to attend advanced training programs, and then asked to share their new knowledge with their colleagues. But are they good trainers?