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Build your leaders from within

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Every organization has a personality, say two leadership consultants who offer this advice for building leaders at every level:

First, deprogram micromanagers in the upper reaches of your organization. Senior managers need to be setting the course and helping grease the machinery instead of trying to do subordinates’ jobs. Train the next generation of middle managers to delegate more.

Second, design better career paths to challenge and reward managers who don’t have obvious opportunities for promotion. For example, lateral promotions can help talented managers learn the breadth of the organization and help break down internal barriers.

Finally, pay for results. Align salary and bonuses with actual performance—clearly defined and tracked outcomes. Retain star talent by compensating them.

To start, find out your organization’s personality by taking a quiz at www.OrgDNA.com.

— Adapted from Results, Gary Neilson and Bruce  Pasternack, Crown Business.

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