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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Even the best employees have their misunderstandings and mistakes, and smart managers know that ignoring such natural events can turn them into team performance toxins. Here's how to maintain a healthy communication environment and get over any resistance to confront employees.
When a manager says, "I wish I could motivate Alex," that usually means "I wish I could get Alex to do the job better." Here are six keys to doing exactly that.

For too many people, the tax season is a February-to-April affair. But trying to plan your tax strategies after Dec. 31 is as futile as a football team drawing up its game plan with two minutes left in the fourth quarter: You can't do much to affect the score.

If, as the old adages go, 90 percent of success is just showing up, and 80 percent of leadership is caring about your people, Dr. Alan Manevitz, a psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, is a successful leader.

If you want to keep the respect and affection of the people you lead, stay alert to the signs that you’re becoming a high-maintenance boss:
Mike Kelley lives on the island paradise of Maui, where he headed after only a year of college on the mainland. He started by selling tanning lotion by the pool. Now, he owns several companies that provide recreation for tourists, as well as business and concierge services for hotels. Kelley’s story proves that, to lead, you often have to take a leap of faith. Here’s how it happened:
Golden opportunities are rare in business. They’re also hard to predict because they arise from random, unconnected events. That’s why practicing active waiting makes sense. Here’s what we mean:
Barbara Corcoran overcame poverty and a series of setbacks to become one of the most powerful real estate brokers in America, heading New York-based the Corcoran Group. Corcoran says she excels at failure and does her best in a crisis. Examples:
Before he became a World War II hero, Jimmy Doolittle flew across China as part of a promotional trip around the world. His little plane ran into its share of turbulence and other dangers, but it wasn’t until Jimmy and his wife Joe reached the Dutch East Indies that something other than his flying skills was tested.
The new owner of several coal mine shafts in Harlan, Ky., was puzzled: Should he heed the advice of the grizzled ex-miners he’d bought the shafts from and embrace the new technology of open-pit mining, which a new competitor had done? Or should he expand his current business by digging another shaft?