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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During its Golden Age 2,500 years ago the city/state of Athens created democracy and produced some of the greatest art and architecture in history, yet could rise to military excellence when threatened. Here are some ideas for leading your organization toward that kind of durable greatness:
In 1953, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis played London’s Palladium, the first appearance in England for what back then was America’s top entertainment act. The Palladium audience loved them … except for a few anti-American demonstrators in the balcony, who booed. The next day, several British papers carried headlines that read, “Martin and Lewis Booed.”
Leaders run a high risk of burnout as they move from one real-world challenge to the next. Stay strong by realizing that you need to continually learn and grow in three key areas:
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.
Sure, you want a hard-charging successor to continue your work. But you also want someone who leads with compassion and loyalty to someone other than himself. You don’t want a narcissist succeeding you. Run your protégé through this gantlet to see how he scores on the narcissist scale.
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?
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.
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