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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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The highlight of engineering firm Burns & McDonnell’s Principals Day is when the CEO presents a specific business problem to the 120-year-old company’s top employees and gives them one hour to come up with five potential solutions.
In February 1985, Ida Cole joined Microsoft as one of its first female vice presidents. Within months, her relationship with the mercurial Bill Gates worsened. His confrontational style created a tense workplace.
Your days are indeed dotted with small promises and commitments to your employees: from "I'll stop by this afternoon to give you a hand" to "drop by my office later and we'll talk about that." Here are some tips on how to keep your word.
Q. I’ve been a midmanager here for 10 years. Recently, I got a new boss who’s decades younger than me, and I’m suddenly an outcast. I’ve been treated terribly by this person, even though I’ve been supportive and made his job easier. When I asked what gives, he said, “You have to prove your relevance to me.” Outrageous!
Given the “anything goes” times we’re living in where people share far too much online, here is your annual reminder of things you should not discuss at work.
Most of us wait to end our time at a job, or our careers, until we absolutely must go. But once in a while, it’s worth imagining what it would be like to depart in midstride.
In the late 1800s, the U.S. Department of Agriculture under James Wilson was setting up scientific research stations all over the country. George Washington Carver put in a bid for a black research station.
On many aspects of gender diversity in the boardroom, corporate directors disagree. Here are three views on the benefits of diversity in which, as recently as 2013, male and female directors held widely divergent views.
A s a manager you are aware of the importance of maintaining a safe work site for your employees. But you also need to consider visitors who enter your work area, such as customers, clients or vendors.
In the event of a lawsuit, the legal process can lead your business rather than the other way around.
In November 2011, JC Penney hired Ron Johnson as its CEO. At the time, Johnson was considered a bold hire. But his star faded fast. Within 17 months, Penney ousted him after the company lost $4 billion in revenue and its stock tanked.
After Mark Bonfigli and four colleagues co-founded Dealer.com in 1998, they poured their heart and soul into the startup. And they paid the price. They drove themselves so hard that they became ill.
Exhausted young guns on Wall Street have learned what the rest of America is finding out: Sacrificing your life to your job may not be worth it.
A better future for America includes a retooling of the CEO pay machine that now includes salary, stock, options, “non-equity incentives” and other perks—in other words, a machine out of sync with employee compensation.
Here are the four biggest mistakes by social media marketers in search engine optimization, and how to avoid them.
Many 3M engineers, production staff and salespeople doubted that any market existed for Post-it notes because scrap paper was already free. But Art Fry persisted, proving that all great ideas still must be sold.
Even though Spencer Rascoff has launched two big Internet firms, Zillow and Hotwire, he knows he still has much to learn. That’s why he seeks out successful CEOs and asks them about their success.

Knowing which customers are spending more or less is the ultimate metric for tracking and analyzing performance. Understanding customers starts with collecting data, and then translating data into insights to be more relevant—and loyal to—your customers. Ask yourself and your leadership team these questions.

What to do in a situation where it’s obvious your company screwed up royally?
Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) says mainstream leaders must embrace diversity, and that women and people of color need equality in getting second chances. Here’s how she challenges conventions.
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