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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If your organization operates in a fast-changing industry, you face a challenge within a challenge: The internal innovations you create must jive with wider external changes … some of which are still unknown. Are you flying blind? Not really, because you can still innovate in a flexible way.
Effa Manley was the only woman owner in the Negro baseball leagues. Manley co-owned the Newark Eagles with her husband Abe, but it was Effa who ran the show.
As a new Marine Corps lieutenant, Peter Pace arrived in Vietnam just in time for the Tet Offensive, during which about 84,000 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese fighters attacked 36 cities and towns in the early months of 1968. Now a general, Pace tells two stories of how he developed as a leader.
Use these eight strategies for avoiding the rookie mistakes new leaders often make:
Professional football teams are fairly evenly matched. What makes the difference between winners and losers is leadership. John C. Maxwell calls it the Law of the Edge, and it’s pretty powerful stuff.
“Ninety-nine percent of people, once they learn how to do something, stop improving,” says K. Anders Ericsson, professor of psychology at Florida State University and co-editor of Expert Performance in Sports.
“To go too far,” Confucius said, “is as bad as to fall short.” You can go too far with working hours. In fact, overwork can contaminate your career. Here’s how:
"Something is definitely wrong," Arnold said. "I can't put my finger on it, but morale in my department is way down right now. Can a whole group of people get depressed at the same time?"

You hang your coat on the rack and glance at your inbox. Sure enough, there's the product satisfaction survey Ishmael conducted for you. As you expected, it's an immaculately prepared report, neatly bound, with evidence of Ishmael's effort and expertise on every page. Unfortunately, it took two weeks of his time—far more than it's worth.

Successful leaders seek out the advice and experience of those they supervise and engage them in the decision-making process. Most employees clearly prefer participa­tive leadership, but it isn't an easy skill to master. Here are some point­ers to help you stay on track.
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