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.

You’ve already tried asking your team open-ended questions like, “How can we fix this problem?”
Here’s a persuasive strategy that few managers use: two-sided argumentation.
The average U.S. worker changes jobs every 4 1/2 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So prepare now for what you’ll ask for during a job switch, even if you’re not aggressively job-hunting.
When colleagues and staff ask you for favors, you may dread saying no.
Plan to end around lunch time, and take everyone out.
Even if you’re loaded with talent and ambition, your career path will stall if you take everything personally.
When you’re in a new situation, force yourself to enjoy it—even if you secretly yearn for a safer, easier past.
Only when your employees truly believe that they’re “paid to think” will they harness their creativity and propose blockbuster ideas.
At your next management meeting, give a clear, one-sentence instruction that you want to cascade down the ranks.
An interview with Caroline Dorsa, treasurer or pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co.