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.

Team leaders can get ensnared in their own good intentions. The result can cause an admirable effort to backfire. Here are four mistakes team leaders need to avoid.

Training budgets in many organizations were cut during the recession for all but the most basic purposes, such as bringing new employees on board. Now that the talent war has heated up again, it’s time for companies that are seriously committed to retaining their best people and attracting more like them to invest in training. Here are three reasons it’s worth the time and money:
Many leaders use outdated methods of motivation like bribery and dangling a carrot. Perceived as manipulation, these methods backfire by creating mistrust, passive-aggressive behavior and inaction.
When hearing the news that someone on your staff is pregnant, don’t be surprised if you experience a mixture of feelings. While you may be genuinely happy for the person, the announcement might generate concern for the future of your team.
Despite the shift from telecommuting at some companies, research suggests that allowing it is advantageous to the employer. According to Washington State Univer­sity psychology professor Tahira Probst, PhD, studies confirm a positive correlation between telecommuting and significantly higher levels of job satisfaction and perfor­mance, and reduced turnover and stress.
How to handle workplace romances on your team.
How would you make enemy soldiers think they were outnumbered? Col. Pete Blaber and his team came up with this fake-out in 2001.
Executives in most developed countries speak at least some English. But you might still face cultural and linguistic obstacles. Consider the case of American business owners who travel to Tokyo to meet with Japanese executives to explore a possible joint venture.
With so much information at our fingertips, it’s tempting to rely on data to make important decisions. But don’t overlook other variables. Consider the case of a big U.S. bank CEO.

Growing up, no one considered Harry Truman a leader. He was a kid with thick glasses who mostly stayed home, working the farm or reading. But the course of his life changed when he entered the Army during World War I. One rainy night, he faced a moment of true terror.