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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You can have all the “vision” in the world, but, unless you can execute your ideas, you’re sunk.
Early on, Neil Armstrong didn’t want to be an astronaut. From a young age, he wanted to design aircraft. He took up flying later because he thought a designer should know how planes work. He became a “stick-and-rudder man.”
As a graduate student at the University of Chicago in 1970, Michael Powell opened a used bookstore after borrowing $3,000. He built shelves, started selling and kept increasing inventory, expanding the shop and adding employees. He repaid the loan.
Whether negotiating a deal or arguing your point, it’s much more effective to emphasize whatever you have in common with your opponent than the differences.
You may think of leaders as achieving incredible success in their careers, but true leadership is actually like a kaleidoscope of brilliant pieces reflecting a dynamic, balanced life.
Deliver a tighter presentation by dividing your notes into sections and assigning a time period to each. Example: “Company Background, 9:00 – 9:10,” “Current Company Priorities, 9:10 – 9:25.” Wrap up each section on time and move on to the next.
Reap the most from your network by deciding on a few things members can do for each other.
Keep tabs on former star employees by calling them at least twice a year.
Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher tells the following story about acquiring tiny carrier Morris Air:

Make people feel capable, as well as challenged. Effective leaders develop people by delegating a steady diet of ultrademanding projects to them.