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.
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In marketing parlance, positioning is what sets you apart from the competition. This applies to your career.
Chief executives often tell us that one of their favorite ways to evaluate managers is to watch how they make decisions. And it’s true: The way people seek out facts, process information and communicate their conclusions reveals much about their poise and leadership.
Rod Walsh, a former Marine and Vietnam veteran, founded Blue Chip Inventory Service in 1970. Today, the California-based company employs 200 people and serves as a model of enlightened leadership.
As the boss, you figure some of your staff will covet your position. Maybe so. But it’s also surprisingly common for managers to envy an employee who possesses certain strengths or charisma that they lack.
You already know that to lead more effectively, you must delegate many tasks to underlings to free yourself for more important matters.
Until recent years, the first rule of smart hiring was, “Match the right skills with the right job.” But today’s managers know that attitude counts more than skill when they fill most job openings.
The authors of Semper Fi (Amacom, 1998) are convinced that managers can boost their leadership skills by borrowing tips from the Marine Corps.
An interview with Winston Wallin, former president of Pillsbury Company and CEO of Medtronic, Inc.
Whenever you join a project team, vie for the role of spokesperson.
You may think only movie stars, talk show hosts and hotshot trial lawyers have charisma. But anyone can radiate the kind of energy that generates awe and respect in others.
Just as Dale Carnegie wrote about people skills in How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), Walter Anderson has piggybacked on this legacy in The Confidence Course (HarperCollins, New York, 1997).
With all the mystery that surrounds getting ahead, there really are
only five ingredients you need to accelerate onto the fast track, says
Susan Marshall, a leadership development consultant based in West Bend,
Much of the conventional wisdom regarding leadership development is wrong, says Morgan W. McCall Jr., author of High Flyers: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders.
You think office politics are tough? Imagine battling the real thing.
Walter B. Wriston is among the most influential American business figures of the 20th century.
In 1946 and fresh out of the Army, Harold Burson started a public relations firm. The rest is history.
For leadership role models, look no further than the students who, by ones and twos, led the way in integrating colleges and universities after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision 50 years ago this month.