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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After leading the first U.S. bombing of Japan, within months of Pearl Harbor, Lt. Col. James Doolittle had to ditch his B-25 on a mountaintop in China. Only one of his 16 bombers landed safely. Several fliers died during the mission, and several more were captured and executed. Even though he thought the raid had succeeded—it was, in fact, the first U.S. victory in the Pacific—Doolittle felt he’d failed his men.
Soldier/diplomat Col. Tom Wilhelm came of age during the collapse of communism, cut his teeth in the Balkans and now represents the U.S. military in Mongolia.
Are you a lone ranger in this era of team players?
Take a few tips on using the art of self-promotion from communication consultant Peggy Klaus:
After studying ancient Greek drama masterpieces, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) concluded that great accomplishments come from people who can think in two distinct ways at the same time:
New Zealand is studying how to turn its scientists into business leaders who can take their innovations to international markets. In interviews with 31 business leaders, a government sponsored study found these transition points in the path of a leader:
"Where are those slides for the Veblen proposal?" "I think they're on Martin's desk." Everything in your office seems to end up on Martin's desk, because Martin's never at his desk. He's been telecommuting for six months — but most of the time, you're not sure where he is.
Issue: Some supervisors believe in a "No complaints, no problem" motto. Risk: By ignoring blatant harassment or discrimination, supervisors open the organization to "negligent supervision" lawsuits. Action: Educate supervisors ...
Are your team members feeling hot under the collar? Experts tell us there are more than 1.5 million incidents of anger-related workplace violence in the U.S. each year — and the number's growing.
Issue: Noncompete agreements are more easily signed than enforced. Risk: One sure way to crush your noncompete's legality is to include overly restrictive time and geographical limits. Action: Make ...