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Best-Practices Leadership

A leader in an organization can’t do everyone’s job. Instead of micromanaging, strong leaders use organizational leadership to coordinate, communicate, motivate and delegate among employees and team members. For comprehensive organizational effectiveness, each individual needs to be seen as a contributor, with the leader at the helm.

Most importantly, best-practices leadership involves keeping employees motivated throughout the process, adapting your scope or strategy as necessary, and developing an effective communication strategy.

Some people never make it to the other side because they’re more successful at being doers. This is a crucial point in determining if you’re going to move up the ranks.

Browse our articles, tools and advice on best-practices leadership.

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When Guillermo del Toro wanted to direct his first major motion picture, he knew which actor he wanted as his star. But it took some convincing to get his way.
Here are three points of advice from Dal LaMagna, the guy who launched more than a dozen businesses, sold Tweezerman to J.A. Henckels, and now is CEO of countertop manufacturer IceStone.
To maximize games, involve em­­ployees in design and implementation. Staffers are more apt to embrace the game if they play a role in creating it.
The author of the new book Uplifting Service has a simple outline for winning a complainer's business forever.

When you rise to the top of your organization, you may think you’re infallible. But just because you run the show doesn’t mean you know it all. The 43 American presidents can attest to that.

Beware travel burnout ... Check your Who’s Who of boomers ... Alert your team to project traps.
Minutes after Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in March 2013, he showed his humility. Meeting other cardinals as pope for the first time, he chose not to stand on a platform that would force him to lord over his former peers...
It only takes a second to lose the ball and lose the game. Here are the five signs.
Many baby boomers are delaying retirement. Some need the cash, but many love their work and don’t want to let go. So why should they reconsider?
For John Foraker, image is everything. He has helped Annie’s Homegrown cultivate an appealing, healthy brand with consumers—and they’ve responded by buying his products with increasing fervor.
When he lived in Chicago, humorist David Sedaris went to a book signing and bought a hardcover that cost a lot of money. His interaction with the author was a wake-up call.

If you and your colleagues use group texting, consider adding these rules to your social media policy.

During Steve Ballmer’s 13 years as Micro­­soft’s CEO, the company’s revenues tripled and its profits doubled. But the man who replaced Bill Gates also took some criticism.

To lead people, you can tell them what you want them to do and then assess the outcome.  But there’s a problem with that approach: Employees may deliver the desired outcome but make judgment errors along the way. True leaders don’t just focus on the results; they also examine the process itself.

You’re not alone, according to two recent surveys.
With the holidays upon us, it’s time to tie up loose ends and get ready for the new year. Here's how.
If you treat customers as equals, focusing on them as individuals, you’ll stay on the right path. Here’s a list of don’ts.
Drew Greenblatt knew that Marlin Steel could not survive Chinese competitors, who were luring away his customers—big bagel chains that bought the company's wire baskets. The Baltimore firm was struggling to stay afloat in 2003 when a fateful call from a Boeing engineer led to some market research that changed everything.
Michael Norton and Elizabeth Dunn, co-authors of Happy Money, asked a group of high-net-worth individuals how much wealth it would take to trigger true contentment.
Stay humble, stay bold, stay flexible. Use these three famous examples as your guide.
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