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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Most historians say that Robert E. Lee’s decision to head the Confederate army was inevitable. Not true. Lee was almost equally devoted to the United States and to his home state of Virginia. Two trunks of recently retrieved family papers show how hard he suffered in choosing sides ...
Engaging your employees enhances the bottom line. How do you measure engagement? Use a system that rates staffers on three behaviors:
Navigate change by first explaining the consequences of the status quo to your team. Help them understand the cost of not changing.
Entrepreneurs spend much of their day putting out fires related to customers, employees and money. But the smartest companies work hard to prevent the same problems from rekindling again and again. How? By “leaving a fire extinguisher behind” ...

After so many corporate-leadership scandals and the public’s shrinking confidence in their leaders, should we be rethinking the way leadership is taught? The way leadership has been taught doesn’t seem to be paying off, asserts author Barbara Kellerman.

“There is so much information coming at us, we struggle to remain agile, which is the most critical leadership skill,” says Michael Carroll, who teaches meditation as part of leadership. “The practice teaches us to slow down.” How?
“Frugal engineering,” coined by Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, describes the way Indian engineers innovate under resource constraints. Renault-Nissan has embraced frugal engineering to become a top producer of electric and low-cost cars. How any firm can do more with less:

As president of Usher’s New Look Foundation, Shawn H. Wilson puts a premium on openness and communication. To drive his team toward success, he asks that employees assume a “no-spin” attitude in talking about problems.

One way to understand Pope John Paul II as a leader is to look at his papacy—the first held by a non-Italian pope in 455 years—as a vehicle for change. In part, here's how Karol Wojtyla surprised and affected so many people around the world.
One of the benefits of advanced technol­ogy in the workplace is that it allows for more flexibility for employees, including the opportunity for some to work remotely.