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 most successful leaders delegate almost all their regular work to their staff, which allows them to facilitate and orchestrate everyone else’s performance. But “doing nothing” is hard for people who have risen through the ranks for their ability “to do.” Two ways to get better at it:

Underlying the list of what needs to get done is the list of what your team needs to get things done. Satisfy those basic needs, build a culture of trust, and people will follow. To build a culture that satisfies basic needs, create a sense of stability.

Is your decision-making as effective as you’d like? Here are five barriers to decision-making and possible solutions from Kevin Eikenberry, Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group, a leadership and learning consulting firm.
Why do women at GM hold an unusually high number of leadership roles, as compared to the rest of the auto industry? Credit CEO Dan Akerson’s mother.
Do you have a zero-tolerance policy for workplace violence? That doesn’t mean you have to fire everyone who violates the letter of the rule. You can use some discretion, as long as you document why.

From his childhood on the White Earth reservation in Minnesota through his career in baseball, Charles Albert Bender developed various pitches (maybe even the game’s first slider) and a reputation for dependability in the clutch. Bender never let anyone see him sweat ...

 

Observation and feedback are essential to your role as a leader. How to make sure you keep paying attention:

Let managers know you’ll back them up—and then actually back them up. The most important thing you can say: “I will fight for you ..."

Here's one skill no one will teach you that can make or break your career: the ability to keep a secret.

Some leaders earn their berth through their execution skills. Others get ahead through their ideas. Mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot fell into the second group.