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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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It wasn’t merely Lawrence Summers’ perceived arrogance and abrasiveness that sank his presidency at Harvard University. Large structural changes in higher education—including the rise of science and technology—also contributed to his downfall. Here are a few actions Summers could have taken to shore up his standing:
“American Idol’s” most caustic judge, Simon Cowell, may come off as unnecessarily cruel, but he’s spectacularly proficient at one leadership skill: giving honest feedback.
In an exclusive interview with Executive Leadership, executive coach Debra Benton, author of How to Think Like a CEO (Warner Books), identified these six common behaviors as career-killers:
In some ways, Coretta Scott King fit the ideal of a traditional wife and mother. Former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young remembers when he was an aide to her husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights leader would bring home 15 people. “She’d get up and cook breakfast and never make a fuss,”Young says of Mrs. King. “I never heard her complain about anything.” But reminiscences like that hide the woman’s true leadership.
Ensure that you’re hewing closely to your core leadership strengths by taking mental snapshots of yourself at random times during the day.
The beauty of no-fault auto insurance is that everybody shoulders some of the responsibility and takes care of their own damage. Nobody wastes time pointing fingers. Nobody has to hire lawyers or sue. They exchange information, file claims and what’s broken is fixed. The same goes for leading any enterprise.
Davy Crockett—an amazing hunter and scout who became a judge, colonel, state legislator, U.S. congressman, character and wag—exuded leadership in his own, homespun way.
“Leaders develop daily,” says leadership guru John Maxwell, “not in a day.” And that sums up Maxwell’s approach to leadership: committing to personal growth over time. Here are some of Maxwell’s ideas for improving yourself:
Who are the future leaders in your organization? According to a survey of top executives, they’re people who can:
In 1973, the U.S. Army training manual outlined a leadership philosophy called “Be, Know and Do.” Over the years, a number of leaders have credited that philosophy for their success. Here’s how you can apply it:
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