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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Leaders stay levelheaded in the face of a crisis. Instead of panicking, they grasp facts quickly and make order out of chaos.
 

“This is your own business,” James Nordstrom tells his employees. “Don’t listen to us in Seattle. Listen to your customer.” 

Everybody, it seems, tells aspiring leaders to follow their passion. Not Thomas Stemberg.
Linus Torvalds makes an unlikely leader. The inventor of Linux, the open-source operating system now used by more than 18 million people, is disorganized and absent-minded.
Use this four-step method advocated by Robert Knowling, former head of high-speed Internet provider Covad Communications, to help your team build a vision of its success:
When do you own up to a mistake, cut your losses and keep errors from compounding?
In certain desperate times, you can plan only your first move carefully. Then, you must count on yourself to handle whatever comes up.   
To round out your qualifications as a leader, you can fix almost any personal defect. Proof: Citigroup executive and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. 
When Schering-Plough leaders first thought of marketing Dr. Scholl’s foot-care products to the Latino-American market, they feared that the brand name would never play well with Hispanic consumers. They nearly stopped there.
 
Don’t make threats lightly, and don’t take them lightly.
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