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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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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.
Sometimes, team members need or want favors—to come in late, leave early, pass on an assignment, get a deadline extended, etc. But how do you accommodate such requests without leaving other team members grumbling?
Becoming a boss for the first time has serious consequences for both the individual and the organization.
Perhaps you’ve heard that innovators think “outside the box.” That’s old news. Given the complex interconnectedness of today’s economy—and technology’s ever-expanding reach—there’s a new way to approach innovative thinking.
James McCann pounced on a deal without thoroughly investigating the seller or analyzing the financial details of the transaction. Soon after completing the purchase, he realized his mistake.
While there’s no guarantee Gavin Patterson would have uncovered the extent of his company’s accounting fraud if he had spent more time there, his lack of involvement didn’t help.
“Work hard” is one of the cardinal rules of success. For what that means, listen to big-time columnist Jimmy Breslin.
What keeps Elon Musk up at night is not futuristic at all. It’s the overstuffed parking lot outside his office window.
Jorgen Vig Knudstorp has been Lego’s “master builder” of the company’s turnaround since 2004. At the time, Lego was losing $1 million a day. Now it’s the world’s most profitable toy company.
In 2006, Greg Satell confronted a big problem. He helped run a Ukraine-based company whose main product, a popular magazine called Afisha, was in decline.
Catastrophic failures aren’t usually caused by one or two big mess-ups but by a series of cascading errors. So it was at this year’s Academy Awards, where a number of factors contributed to the wrong movie being announced as Best Picture.
A new data-rich report from Deloitte focuses on risk management and the various obstacles that can effect the board and C-suite. Download “Taking aim at value: Avoid overconfidence and look again at risk.”
For Ramin Djawadi, the composer of “Game of Thrones,” the hit TV show, the creative process never shuts off.
Alberto Alessi analyzed the 300 projects he had led up to that point in his career. His goal was to identify what elements contributed to his most successful innovations. He isolated four.
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