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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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More than five years after the death of Steve Jobs, Tim Cook has come into his own as CEO of one of the world’s most visible and valuable companies.
Leaders, you have a precious tract of real estate right before you every day. Put it to work by adding components that people identify with success and credibility—and deleting some others.
The life experience you acquire from this inspiring set of options will not only be eye-opening, it will lend you credibility in the eyes of followers.
Underestimating a crisis can upend a leader’s best intentions. Just ask the CEO of the biggest food and beverage company in the world.
Claustrophobia as a disability ... Bias in discipline
Marissa Mayer’s fate at Yahoo shows that the C-suite is still chilly for women. Currently, women run only 22 of the companies in the Fortune 500.
Mary Lasker (1900-1994), was one of the first true champions of medical research. In her words, "Without money, both private and public money, nothing gets done."
It’s in a business’ best interest that employees believe they’re #1, right? Maybe not.
Here are some classic compliance situations that every manager should know how to handle.
In December 2014, Rick Holley made a decision that startled many observers: He gave back what amounted to about $2 million of his compensation.
Under both federal and some state laws, certain information must be posted on a bulletin board where all employees can see it.

You cannot lead an anxious workforce by making them even more worried. If you warn employees about the possibility of a recession or discuss other doomsday scenarios, you risk driving them to despair. On the other hand, relentless cheerleading amid shrinking profits won’t enhance your credibility and will have limited impact if people sense more pain in the near term.

In the cosmetics business, the push for new products never ends. Consumers clamor for breakthroughs. As CEO of Sephora Americas, Calvin McDonald has made innovation a top priority. In March 2016, he launched the Sephora Innovation Lab. Based in San Francisco, the lab enables the French-owned cosmetics chain to conduct research with the help of outside partners. The goal is to create a space where employees can collaborate and test ideas without fear of failure.

Developing and executing a digital strategy is too important to delegate or outsource. According to the 2015 Global Digital IQ survey, three-quarters of chief executive officers—76%—now believe they champion digital technologies. As recently as 2013, only 57% of executives surveyed said their CEO championed digital, before rising to 73% last year.
Not all on-the-job harassment is sexual, and there’s plenty of trouble waiting for managers and organizations that tolerate harassment of any kind.
I found this month’s winner of our Worst Communicator Award while watching an interview with Kevin Hillstrom, CEO of MineThatData. No, it’s not Kevin, and he doesn’t name the culprit, so I’ll simply refer to the person as “CEO.”

So you want everything that comes with making the big time in the working world? That includes the kind of introspection that makes a lot of people nervous. Pour yourself a glass of something nice right now and find a comfortable chair in a quiet place—no matter how close you are to the top, you need to ask yourself each of these questions.

Ready to become a slightly different person than the one who walked in the door this morning? Let's go from head to toe, stem to stern, and give you a 9-point leadership tune-up to shape your image into something a little more impactful than the job title etched on your door.

Cerebral executives pride themselves on their objectivity. They like to think that they can push aside emotion and confront challenges with fact-filled clarity.
One CEO says the worst decision he ever made was making an ill-advised joke.
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