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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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Hard knocks can teach you as much as great experiences can. But to unlock the lessons of hardship, emerging leaders need two things:
Back in 2003, St. Louis Cardinals baseball manager Tony La Russa experienced a leadership gaffe that gave him insomnia for weeks afterward. The situation: Cardinals veteran Jeff Fassero on the mound, bases loaded and Red Sox slugger Nomar Garciaparra at the plate.
Identify future leaders by delegating the kind of work they will have to tackle years from now.
Run down this Marine Corps recruiting checklist to make sure you’re doing everything you can to attract and keep the best people:
Tom Johnson—a capable, driven, highly successful exec—was having trouble getting out of bed in the morning. With little warning, his secretary would have to reschedule his appointments. The problem: Johnson, former publisher of The Los Angeles Times and later chief executive of CNN, was secretly suffering from chronic depression.
Issue: Most people remain silent in the face of minor disrespectful incidents at work.
Risk: Your silence can be interpreted as acceptance of the other person's behavior, leading to major ...
Issue: Executives are reluctant to approve training unless they can prove that it will pay for itself many times over.
Benefit: By providing the CEO with legitimate return-on-investment (ROI) figures, ...
Sir Alan Sugar, founder of Britain's computers-and-electronics giant Amstrad, offers advice that's more down-to-earth and useful than what's on offer in the various books spawned by Donald Trump and the U.S. "Apprentice."
Fear of sexual-harassment suits have forced many American leaders to stop touching people. Yet, some top executives, including Jack Welch, still include a pat on the shoulder or a warmer-than-usual handshake among their leadership tools. Here's how to use the power of touch:
Building and leading an effective team require choreographing a complex dance among people, roles and ideas. Follow these four steps:
Sure, barbarians scaled the walls. But they didn’t cause the fall of Rome; leadership failure did the trick. Most sobering of all, the mistakes Roman leaders made can destroy your career and organization, too.
Among today’s business animals, says Alexi Venneri, marketing and communications chief at marketing data firm Who’s Calling, you’ve got to have BALLS. That means you’ve got to be:
Leadership institute founder Lorraine Monroe never launches a new undertaking without providing her staff with these vital pieces of information to influence and guide them:
Darlene Ryan wasn’t looking for any leadership role. A pioneer female tax partner at Arthur Andersen, she was growing tired of the hi-jinks in the accounting world and distressed at hardly ever seeing her son.
Issue: You need to occasionally buy training videos/DVDs, but thousands exist and the quality varies greatly.
Benefit: Using a reputable rating service can help you sort out the "Citizen Kanes" ...

Despite the chummy-sounding acronym, PALs (short for passive-activity losses) are anything but friendly to taxpayers, particularly those who invest in real estate. Fortunately, you can gain more tax saving value from your PALs with some astute tax planning.

Here’s a process for making ethical decisions. Run through this work sheet if you ever feel queasy about the path you or your organization is about to take.
New findings suggest that close-knit teams are often less competitive than teams in which camaraderie is weak. Sociologists at the University of California and elsewhere see some compelling reasons why friendly teams finish last:
Lorraine Monroe’s life changed when a teacher encouraged her to run for student office in the fourth grade. That began what was to become Monroe’s lifelong affinity for leadership roles.
Here are the top five smartest books on leadership, as chosen by Fortune magazine:
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