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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Mastering the art of gratitude, said the stoic Roman philosopher Seneca, is the most important leadership skill. Here’s what he meant:
When Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini sent the score for his new opera Norma to the soprano who was to sing the title role back in 1831, she refused to perform it.
President James Monroe tends to come up short when compared with such
contemporaries and mentors as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. But, today, Monroe would be considered a model of the laid-back but effective chief executive.
Vatican-based journalist John Allen spent six years observing Pope John Paul II as the pontiff went about his daily routines. Here are three leadership practices Allen noted in John Paul:
No question that mergers are painful when you have to consolidate positions. Utz-Hellmuth Felcht, chairman of Degussa, the world’s largest
specialty-chemical company, has had a lot of practice at it. He deals
with mergers in two main ways:
We can feel fear but we move forward, anyway. Acknowledge that it exists, but don’t let it tie you down.
UPS Chairman and CEO Michael Eskew believes that employees aspire to accomplish great things.
Crisis produces a state of being “on,” which a University of Michigan
business researcher calls the “fundamental state of leadership.” Here
are the four stages of moving from a normal work state to being “on”
for a crisis:
Here are a few precepts, drawn loosely from the Lewis and Clark
expedition, of maintaining a realistic optimism while leading your team
into the unknown:
In all, the Coast Guard evacuated about 33,500 people after Katrina,
six times as many as it did in all of 2004. The sheriff of St. Bernard
Parish says the Guard was the only federal agency to provide any
significant help for a week. When officials came down from Washington and asked the sheriff how he’d
fix FEMA, he told them to blow it up and give the Coast Guard what it
needs. So how did an agency with relatively modest resources rescue so many?