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.

This is the story of a manager who saw a problem in his company’s purchasing process.

You may think of them as “merely vices,” but succumbing to even one of the seven deadly sins can cripple your ability to lead.

All team leaders set long-term goals and objectives for the group.
Changing an employee's problem behavior is always a challenge, but it's almost impossible if we resort to disciplinary action before understanding the problem. Take this quiz and find out how quickly you turn to discipline — and if that's too quickly.
As the economy slowly rebounds, many managers are getting ready to do something they haven't done in a long time — hire new workers. Are you out of practice?
Sabrina, one of your newer and younger but better workers, has been absent twice this winter. Neither time did she call to alert you, as the company's "snow day" policy requires. Now you're supposed to dock her a day's pay and put a counseling note in her personnel file. But you don't want to ...
When you delegate, the task you see as a molehill may seem more like Mount Everest to the employee you ask to do it. Lack of confidence is just one of the reasons why employees can be daunted by the thought of delegation. Here's some sage advice from the pros that will help you help your team:
No managers like to enforce policies they don't support themselves. But doing so is an essential skill for team leaders.
Consider these two scenarios:
1. At the suggestion of a project manager, your organization starts an employee committee to provide workers a voice in safety issues. Management and the safety ...
Issue: Court ruling makes it easier to win defamation suits stemming from poor job references. Risk: Thousands of dollars in defamation claims. Action: Limit the number of people authorized ...