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.

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We all know what a pyramid looks like: the higher it goes, the narrower it gets. Many of us let our path to leadership follow that pattern. 
The founding father not only ramped up his farming operation phenomenally over five years (his annual grain production alone grew from 257 bushels to 6,241), but he also built entirely new enterprises, including fisheries and a distillery.
Try this test to see where your organization stands.
  Thirty years ago, many biologists saw higher primates, including humans, as natural-born “killer apes,” their lives defined by competition, territoriality and dominance.
Ask the people who report to you to identify the greatest frustrations they face on the job. Then create teams on the spot to eliminate or reduce them.

As a college president, Leo Higdon is seeing higher education absorb some of the same pressures that have slammed business, from the shortened tenures of its leaders to some unprecedented financial pressures.

   It may seem counterintuitive, but front-line workers—not middle managers— most often see eye to eye with senior executives on the need for action. In fact, says Robert Felton, a director of the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., middle managers often try to thwart new initiatives.
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