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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“Leadership is not magnetic personality,” says management guru Peter Drucker.
Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo overshadows what is perhaps his biggest leadership gaffe.
Even when no one around you sees you as a leader, you can be one. That
was true of Sacagawea, the lone woman and only Native American on the
Lewis and Clark expedition. Although she remains a mystery, here are some of her leadership qualities, unrecognized at the time:
Most of us believe that seeing into the future is impossible. Not so.
We actually have a good idea of many things the future holds. We just
need to access that knowledge. To do so, take out three sheets of paper. Label them “One year from
now,” “Five years from now” and “10 years from now.” On each, answer
questions like these:
Based on the experiences of men who ran for U.S. president and didn’t
make it, here are some lessons on how to recover from failure:
From the U.S. Marine Corps— leaders by definition, as its members are
often the first combatants in a military offensive—here’s a checklist
of leadership strategies:
Back in 1952, Sid Caesar was the highest-paid entertainer in America,
earning more than $1 million a year for his NBC variety show, “Caesar’s
Hour.” But that show brought incredible pressure. On weeks when programs were
aired, Caesar and his team locked themselves behind closed doors for
days, perfecting every joke and skit.
Sandy Stash was handed an assignment from hell: Atlantic Richfield Co.
sent her to Butte, Mont., to manage the cleanup of the nation’s biggest
Superfund site, reduce the company’s liability and try to calm
A personal symbol can help you stay centered during tough times. Some real-world examples:
You start to think that you have to be perfect to be a leader. You have
to set perfect goals, make perfect speeches, arrive at perfect
decisions and motivate people perfectly. Not so. Even the greatest leaders have flaws. Sometimes very big flaws. Consider E. B. White, the legendary editor of The New Yorker.