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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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As your organization shifts more responsibility to employees to manage their own health and retirement expenses, you risk alienating your work force. But it doesn’t have to be that way ...

“Our People Are Our Greatest Assets.” It’s been one of the business world’s favorite clichés for decades. For just as long, it’s prompted eye rolling from the greatest assets themselves. Now a provocative BusinessWeek article takes HR to task for allowing talking the talk to stand in for walking the walk. Do any of these accusations sound familiar?

Irvin and Pamela Trotman Reid learned this year what it’s like to work as both the president of a higher-education institution and also as the president’s spouse. Here’s some advice they prepared for presidents and their spouses.

All companies have a large investment—time and money—in their human capital. A company would never hesitate to fix a machine, repair a plant or improve a work site, so why not treat human assets the same way? The key to correcting performance problems is a collaborative effort between a supervisor and an employee. It’s not the responsibility of the HR department ...
Technology company EMC saves money on recruiting by sending its high-potential employees to school—at an in-house university. More than half of the Hopkinton, Mass., organization’s corporate-level director positions are filled from within ...
Only one in 10 employees looks forward to work, and many say the lack of leadership is why. This doesn’t have to happen. According to the author of Fire Them Up!, here are the seven best ways to get across your vision, values and mission to employees ...
African-American students at the University of Virginia (UVA) have the highest graduation rate, at nearly 90%, of any public university in the country. Nationally, it’s estimated that just 44% of black students finish their public university degrees within six years.

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) grants service members re-employment rights when they notify their employers of their intent to return to work after being released from active duty. But what happens when an employer finds that its business needs have changed while the employee was on active duty? ...

It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top, says leadership guru John C. Maxwell. Sure, you might be lonely there. So are people all along the organizational chart. Loneliness comes from personality, not position. To illustrate, here’s a story.

Hold yourself accountable for what you do and what you do not do.
You’d like to attend a professional workshop, seminar or conference, but you need to convince the boss to fund it. Be prepared to show a return on investment (ROI) for your professional development and how it will benefit you and the organization.
Is there anything that you are avoiding doing that needs to be done?
While training his platoon to take down an enemy base, Lt. Cmdr. Jon Cannon learned a valuable lesson.
Dieter Zetsche, who became quasifamous as “Dr. Z” on TV commercials for Chrysler, didn’t turn around the automaker, but he did learn from the failure.
Law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison rose as a tough New Economy powerhouse, then fell into chaotic demise. Leaders from other law firms were mystified: How could a firm so strong have failed so massively?
Want high-performance employees? Keep them engaged.
Everybody’s got a “trust thermostat,” reports performance coach Kevin Eikenberry, who advises setting your thermostat near 10 degrees.
Management guru Peter Drucker left us with many thoughts on leadership when he died a few years ago. Here’s one from the vault:
From an early age, William F. Buckley Jr. knew his own mind and wanted others to know it, too.
When organizations become stuck in a rut, they typically step back, make adjustments and develop an action plan that takes advantage of their strengths. Now take a look in the mirror: Do you approach your business and your life with the same entrepreneurial mindset?
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