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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Oracle founder and chief executive Larry Ellison is a classic narcissistic leader, reminiscent of both the robber barons of the 19th century, who created industries in their own image, and Genghis Khan, who said: “It is not sufficient that I succeed. Everyone else must fail.”
If you think leaders never make mistakes, consider these stories:
It's a headache for every manager: You need to put into place new or revised policies that you think are wrongheaded. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

"Tara," you ask, "if they haven't sent the requisitions back yet, and you need them, why don't you just go up and get them?" "That woman is a witch," she replied. "I don't want to deal with Shirley even if it would make my job easier" ...

Team and project managers often need to depend on people other than direct reports. That means they have none of the usual levers—salary, bonus, promotion, etc.—to control behavior.
Polar explorer Roald Amundsen’s most important quality? He was willing to learn.
While observing a well-respected CEO on the job recently, we noticed that he toggled between two distinct modes of using his time:
Today, products have to be more than functional and reliable. They’ve got to be exceptional, with style built right in. So says Seth Godin, marketing savant and proponent of the “purple cow”: the product that stands out from the rest.
You’ll probably never need courage to do your work, at least the kind of courage required against physical threats like torture or gunfire. Still, understanding courage can help you become a better leader.
What you may not know is that each Barbie for President doll comes with a leadership tip sheet ginned up by the White House Project, a group encouraging women to run for public office.