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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People who work with former Secretary of State Colin Powell report that he’s a perfect gentleman who’s always polite, attentive and civil. Yet, he also drives people crazy with his laser-like focus on excellence. Powell himself admits that trait when he says: “Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.”
Judo lies at the heart of Ben Nighthorse Campbell’s leadership. That’s because the sport required dogged self-discipline from a boy with a troubled childhood who went on to become a U.S. senator.
Psychologist Abraham Maslow organized human needs onto a pyramid, with the most basic needs on the bottom and the most highly evolved on the top. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, from bottom to top:
Leaders can develop tunnel vision about performance, so it’s important not to lose sight of your role in conveying the meaning of your organization. Here’s how your job helps people make sense of their own jobs beyond their paychecks:
Want to win? It’s simple. Besides talent and laser-beam desire, you need something that racing great Bobby Rahal sees in champions: a chip on the shoulder that says: “You don’t think I can do it? Come out and take a shot at me.” Danica Patrick has that.
“Exactly what’s keeping us from moving ahead?” That’s the most productive question you can ask a team. To use the question effectively, try these techniques:
It sounds so easy: Expect high performance and you won’t be disappointed. Expect so-so performance and that’s what you’ll get. Reality is more difficult to nail down. Start with these three practices to define what you mean by higher performance, lay out how you expect your people to attain it and inspire them to go for it:
If you like to understand your own world through a parallel universe, the new management book Kingdomality divides the leaders of a mythical medieval kingdom into four main personality types, all of which are vital to running the place. The four:
Arguably the most inspiring coach of all time, Vince Lombardi turned the also-ran Green Bay Packers into a football dynasty. Fortunately, Lombardi was not shy about expressing his leadership philosophy, which comes across strong and clear in these quotes:
Sometimes, you just have to manufacture an opportunity … even when it’s sitting right there in front of you. That’s the story of Michele Hoskins, a single mother of three who had read that the 1980s was to be the “decade of the woman” and knew she wanted to strike out on her own but didn’t even know what an entrepreneur was. She had to look it up in the dictionary.