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.

Get tips, strategies, tool and advice on: performance reviews, preventing workplace violence, best-practices leadership, team building, leadership skills, people management and management training.

Rather than training employees on 'soft skills,' it's best to hire people who already exhibit them. But determining an applicant's soft skills—such as personal accountability and a strong work ethic—is an inexact science.

Ask people who report to you to identify the greatest frustrations they face on the job.

You can reach difficult decisions up to 20 percent faster when standing instead of sitting, says research from the University of California.

Reason: Your competitors are shortening the length of time that new employees are eligible to participate in the 401(k) plan.

We all know what a pyramid looks like: the higher it goes, the narrower it gets. Many of us let our path to leadership follow that pattern. 
The founding father not only ramped up his farming operation phenomenally over five years (his annual grain production alone grew from 257 bushels to 6,241), but he also built entirely new enterprises, including fisheries and a distillery.
Try this test to see where your organization stands.
  Thirty years ago, many biologists saw higher primates, including humans, as natural-born “killer apes,” their lives defined by competition, territoriality and dominance.