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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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Like an outstanding football team, the best leaders stay in the game until the final whistle blows. They keep the possibility of winning alive.
We interviewed entrepreneurial leaders worldwide to discover the power of taking an entrepreneurial approach to every facet of life. It starts with asking yourself these four questions:
Is procrastination holding you back from where you want to be in your career? Here are six causes of stalling, and two ways to overcome it:
Two professors at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business have plenty of ideas about what it takes to be a leader.
How do leaders break through the excuses? First, by not accepting reasons for why important things can’t be done.
Like all leaders, sometimes you’re at the top of your game and sometimes you’re not.
If you have salespeople on staff, how do your customers view them? A new study says the picture isn’t pretty.

When an employee sues over an alleged discriminatory firing, courts typically make a beeline for one piece of evidence: the employee’s performance evaluation. The problem: Supervisors are notorious for giving overly kind evaluations, even to poor performers. That’s why it’s wise to get another opinion: the employee’s own ...

If you thought the days of the overlooked admin were over, think again. Unfortunately, too often the tasks that admins do for a team project are simply considered “part of the job.” Step up and claim the recognition you’re due with these tactics.
Choose your guiding words carefully. Ask yourself these questions:

Demonstrating best-practices leadership means finding new ways to reinvigorate your team and boost their performance. Here are four techniques for boosting your team management skills and maximizing your team’s performance.

Leaders still clinging to a “me-first” mentality—those who bulldoze, bully, cheat or subject subordinates to emotional outbursts—have work to do if they’re serious about changing the work climate from fear to respect.
The year was 1504 and Pisa remained independent from the powerful city-state of Florence. The Pisans gave no hint of wanting to return, even after Florence captured a fortress there. Emboldened, the Florentines planned to assault the city until some Pisans taken prisoner warned that a fighting force of nearly 3,000 waited for them.
Hiring a professional or executive coach might be all the rage, but according to the Center for Creative Leadership, a coach isn’t always the best choice, even though you do need help. You do not need a coach when:
Achieving leadership success is a lot like planning and executing a flight plan. Consultant Brian Tracy says you need to:
Your boss knows that you’re the grease that keeps everything running. But how can you gain the attention of your boss’s boss and other higher-up execs?
Leadership titans Warren Bennis and Noel Tichy say that making judgment calls “is the essential job of a leader.”
The Time Trap by Alec Mackenzie has gained a cult following among executives eager to wring more value from every working hour. And with good reason. Consider Mackenzie’s guidelines for delegating.
When Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham made the decision to pursue a story about a “third-rate burglary” at the Watergate complex, she could not have known that it would lead to a two-year hunt ultimately incriminating Richard Nixon. Or that it would put her moral leadership on the map.
Artists are the creative ones, you know, the other-side-of-the-brain people. Like any other leader, artists:
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