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.

The very definition of “lead” begins with “show the way.” So why do so many leaders tell, rather than teach?

Not every new hire works out. Chances are, you’ll realize early on that you made a hiring mistake. You’ll want to give the employee a chance to improve, but you’ll also want to protect the company in the event of a lawsuit. To do that, provide a detailed and thorough performance review that includes specific examples and suggestions.

As the temperatures rise, so, too, will pant and skirt lengths, as employees begin dressing in their favorite “keeping-cool” summer attire. Now it’s up to the manager to handle these infractions—if the company has a dress code. Tips for that uncomfortable chat:

U.S. Olympic swimmer Trudy Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel, in 1926—and, briefly, the most famous woman in the world—for three reasons:

Each year, new employment laws go on the books and courts write thousands upon thousands of decisions interpreting old laws. Yet, year after year, many HR professionals reach up onto a dusty shelf to hand new employees the same old employee handbook someone wrote years ago—too often without a second of consideration whether the contents still pass legal muster.

Luciano Anastasini, who comes from generations of circus performers, dreamed of a circus act of his own. Anastasini went looking for rescue dogs to train as his Pound Puppies. “There was a time when nearly all dogs had jobs,” he says. “Most were bred to herd, to hunt, to guard. When dogs misbehave, I think it’s just because they’re bored.”

Some rules of leadership are timeless, but some simply don’t cut it anymore. Here are the 7 Rules of Now:

When it comes to retaining and motivating employees, compensation is important, but communication is key. Especially for a company with a combination of on-site and virtual employees, regular, required communication between management and staff—and among peers—is essential.

HR wears many hats, one of the most important being keeping your organization out of court. An equally important—and related—hat is smoothing out the "people problems" that inevitably arise in any organization. Here's useful advice on how best to solve common employee problems.
Teman and Teran Evans were headed into a buzz saw as they faced the recession with bachelor’s degrees in architecture. Fortunately, they did graduate work in design at Harvard and then founded their own firm, Dioscuri. Now they’re celebrity designers. They say you have to adapt to survive.