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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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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.
If you’re chronically angry, take these four steps to turn your leadership from negative to positive:
Here are the top five smartest books on leadership, as chosen by Fortune magazine:
Both are important, but management and leadership are different, say experts Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus.
If you want your people to feel accountable for results, you’ve got to measure their performance. One solution: Establish a performance contract with each person.
You’ve heard it before: If you’ve never failed, you’ve never really succeeded. Some of the most accomplished leaders have endured spectacular flameouts. So, deal with failure and move on. Heed these do's and don’ts:
The ancient Romans built a magnificent city over a swamp because they envisioned a powerful, stable society and had the craftsmanship and discipline to make it happen. The plan’s sheer scale reveals the Romans’ larger-than-life ambitions. Use this three-part approach to make sure you’ve got enough “oomph!” behind your mission.
The landowners of Celtic Ireland elected their kings based on merit. Cormac MacAirt—known for peace, prosperity and justice during his reign as a high king in the third century— was reputed to have written books on criminal law and history as well as a famous manual for leaders.
“Leadership is not magnetic personality,” says management guru Peter Drucker.
Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo overshadows what is perhaps his biggest leadership gaffe.
Even when no one around you sees you as a leader, you can be one. That was true of Sacagawea, the lone woman and only Native American on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Although she remains a mystery, here are some of her leadership qualities, unrecognized at the time:
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