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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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We’re all subject to lapses that make us look unprofessional. Here are seven reminders of what to avoid.
When you appear strong and confident, gaining influence is a much easier job. And projecting a powerful image may not require more than a few tweaks to how you act.

Want to gain customer input as you design a product? Some managers convene focus groups to find out what customers want. Not so fast, says Bernhard Schroeder, a San Diego-based marketing expert. He thinks focus groups are overrated.

Stepping into a new leadership position? The first few weeks on the job can have a huge impact on just how much faith your employees and your boss have in your ability to handle your new gig. Follow this advice to start off on the right track.

1. Find your superpower. It’s the one thing that you’re truly amazing at. 2. Know your weakness so you can hire people who complement your skills ...

From 1982 to 1987, John Hewitt joined forces with Mel Jackson to provide tax-preparation services in southern Virginia. By 1988, they decided to expand into North Carolina. They soon learned that they couldn’t keep the name of their firm, Mel Jackson Tax Service, because a tax firm with a similar name already existed in North Carolina. This didn’t sit well with John Hewitt, the company’s owner ...

Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, applies certain rules to each work­­day. He attributes his success largely to his ability to follow these rules to operate more productively, gain insight and make smarter decisions.

Some executives equate leading with infallibility. They assume that they must project an intimidating I-know-­everything superiority to earn the respect of their team. Yet attempting to know it all is an exercise in futility.

One of the healthiest signs of a strong organizational culture involves employees’ attitudes. Do they confront challenges with gusto? Or do they seem defeated from the start? When employees exhibit these four attitudes, it’s usually a good sign of a “yes we can” culture.
Take your next step using David Allen’s two-minute rule ... Reconsider voice mail ... Exercise gratitude.
Because of Big Data, the leadership industry is in decline. Today, business is driven by “quants” who excel at extracting data or producing algorithms that can automate work, but are not so good at putting numbers into words.
John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design until 2013 and now a partner with Kleiner Perkins, offers tips on keeping your edge.

It’s tempting to frame lots of things as the silver bullet. But with enough thought and study, you can identify a concept called “controlling insight” as that one thing.

Sarah Nahm had no idea what she would be doing when she showed up for work at Google right out of college. Now she's the CEO of her own company. Here's her advice for leaders.
When Daniel Lubetzky launched his own company in 2004, he also launched a personal mission: He wanted to build an organization based on kindness. Lubetzky has dedicated his company to inspiring others to live a kind life.
To set a consistent strategy for her 300,000 employees at Hewlett-Packard, Meg Whitman requires that all her managers read a business book: Playing to Win by A.G. Lafley.
"You can’t have more than one persona," says CEO Tom Raffio. "You have to be the same person in the boardroom and the mailroom."
If you can get your managers to excel in these areas, you’re more apt to fill the pipeline of future leaders at your organization.
This month, the U.S. women’s soccer team made history by being the first team to win three Women’s World Cups. But that might not be the most memorable thing about the day. In fact, we give that honor to Carli Lloyd, who showed what true teamwork is all about.
Many leaders want to promote wellness in their workplace. But for Mark Bertolini, helping employees stay healthy is part of a deeply personal journey.
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