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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If the people at your new job are ridiculously happy to see you, beware. You’ve just inherited a big mess. As early as the interview stage, you may see warnings. Look for problems like these:
Over recent decades, the thinking has held that leaders should be evaluated solely on performance, usually defined as financial performance. Now, several Harvard researchers say that providing meaning and purpose for employees is an equally important gauge of leadership.
You probably think you know your “people people.” They’re the nurturers, the team players, the diplomats. In truth, that ain’t the half of it. Researchers studied the psychological tests of more than 7,000 professionals and identified four aspects of “relational” work: influence, interpersonal facilitation, relational creativity and team leadership. Here’s what it means:
The earlier you face a crisis and make difficult corrections, the better. Just ask Robert Hass, who took over as CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. in 1989.
How do you hire and keep people who share your mission, work ethic and what you believe in? When leadership coach and author John C. Maxwell moved his company from San Diego to Atlanta, he sat his employees down and went over this starter set of values:
The next time you face an emergency situation, work through these four steps:
Ever wondered how leaders lift their people out of a disheartening situation? Here’s the key: Offer them a reputation they’re proud to uphold. Example: In June 1940, Great Britain suffered a defeat to the Nazis at Dunkirk. After that demoralizing loss,Winston Churchill addressed the House of Commons. Here’s part of what he said:
K’ang-hsi, who ruled China from 1661 to 1722, was a formidable leader who held direct authority over courts, infrastructure, military defense and nearly everything else in his immense empire. Yet, when it came to judging whether his ministers were doing their jobs, he applied just one yardstick:
Can’t follow what the younger members of your staff are talking about? Here’s a quick sampling of business buzzwords:
It remains to be seen whether rap superstar Jay-Z will succeed in his leap to president of Def Jam Recordings, but young leaders can take a few ideas from his first year on the job.
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