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.
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In 2008, Jim Whitehurst took a big risk. And it backfired. From it he learned that as powerful as a CEO’s accessibility is, nothing builds engagement more than being accountable.
When an employee tells you she’s pregnant, it may bring on mixed emotions for supervisors. While you’re happy for the employee, you’re anxious about the impact on scheduling, productivity—and whether she will quit after the birth.
Reed Hastings believes that talented people thrive when you simply leave them alone. So the co-founder and CEO of Netflix created a culture of independence.
As a leader, your words carry immense weight. Even a seemingly minor comment can unexpectedly make a major impact.
During the final testing of Apple’s PowerBook, Anthony Soohoo discovered a small flaw that could harm its performance.
More than your employees, more than your vendors and investors, and more than your customers, you and your behavior on social media are the online embodiment of your company’s brand.
It’s counterintuitive, but CEOs who befriend their rivals may do better than those who don’t.
If you feel like you’re fighting a hundred battles, take a reality check.
A great company needs to be stellar but it also must hang in the heavens long enough to prove it’s more than a comet.
By admitting failure and committing to a better outcome next time, Brian Hasenbauer earned a CEO’s respect.
Q. Lately, I’ve had two different colleagues fail to reply to my important emails. Both were marked “urgent” but were apparently ignored. One of my colleagues had the audacity to say, “I never got it,” even though I’m sure she was lying. How can I get people to treat my emails seriously?
Q. I was fired from my job. A vengeful boss resented my success and my relationships throughout the organization. I’m thinking of getting a lawyer and suing for wrongful termination. Have you been involved in such lawsuits? What’s it like to take legal action?
Physical fitness is essential for all employees, especially executives.
Jed Ortmeyer kept playing hockey while his family begged him to stop.
For Julie Sweet, talking works better than writing—at least when she’s trying to connect with employees.
Elizabeth Holmes used her charisma and sales skills to woo reporters into writing fawning profiles. But then her image as a visionary started to crumble.
It took 25 years, but Germany is reaping the benefits of investing in the infrastructure of East Germany.
A spring cleaning can work wonders for both morale and environment.
Key to the success of NASA’s Apollo 11 moon landing was an unassuming black woman named Katherine Johnson.
Even true leaders sometimes have their dreams deferred.