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.

It may seem as if praising a team member is always a good idea. What’s wrong with acknowledging a job well done, especially when research shows that appreciation from the boss ranks high in employee surveys?
While many people on your staff may welcome the lower tem­peratures and colorful changes of autumn, the shrinking amount of daylight may spell trouble for employees with seasonal affective disorder.
Employees of all ages, but especially mil­lennials, are quick to change jobs if they feel bored, unappreciated or not part of a team. A great way to keep everyone engaged and committed is through com­pany volunteer programs.
A “loyal and hardworking” accounts payable clerk was accused of embezzling $1 million from the Archdiocese of New York. Although perceived as an outstanding employee, she had been stealing since she was hired.
You start off as a functional leader, and within a few years, you’re tapped to lead at a higher level. But you’re struggling—it’s different at the top. At this point, it’s crucial to make a series of (sometimes tricky) shifts to make the leap to enterprise leadership.

The growth of anti-bullying laws, policies and public campaigns are making employees ultra-aware to potential bullying situations at work. For supervisors, that means it’s more important than ever to be alert to how your words and actions are being delivered … and received. Here are eight do’s and don’ts:

Appreciating team members is one of the soft skills that can drive the hard results you want.
Yvon Chouinard, founder of outdoor outfitter Patagonia, is the very definition of a late bloomer. Moving at age 8 to California with his parents, Chouinard was at first a loner, roaming outdoors by himself. Eventually, he fell in with fellow “misfits” in falconry and climbing. What they sorely needed was gear, so the kid built a forge and eked out a living by forging pitons to anchor climbing ropes ...
Painters can think all they want about an artistic concept, but until they paint it, there’s no picture. Leaders can think all they want about a new direction, but until they act there’s nothing to show.

Watch out for these ways your moral judgment can be hijacked: 1. You lie to yourself. 2. You rationalize. 3. You disengage.