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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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Texan oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, the 80-year-old who made a fortune on huge gambles, is placing his biggest bet yet. The trillion-dollar Pickens Plan would break U.S. dependence on foreign oil by developing wind and natural gas as native sources of energy.

Leading is not about personality—it’s about action, say leadership researchers James Kouzes and Barry Posner, who have analyzed the work of thousands of leadership experiences. Almost every case of leadership follows the same five practices.

As if computer solitaire wasn't enough of a distraction for daydreaming office workers, March Madness is about to make working hard even harder. But that's not all bad, according to one expert: The morale boost may make the NCAA tournament a good bet for employers. Here are some of the rules of the game for HR.

Yale psychologists, back in 1990, found that the ability to think dispassionately about your own passions is linked with success. This finding opened up a whole new field: emotional intelligence.

Half of all employees still haven’t heard from their leaders about the impact of the economic crisis, and more than two-thirds say they’d rather hear something than nothing, reports a survey by Weber Shandwick. And 70% fear their companies are in for rough sledding. Here’s how you can calm the troops.

As health insurance costs skyrocket, even as benefits dwindle, so does the trend toward employers setting up wellness programs—71% of U.S. employers offered such programs in 2008. Is your office ready to be a part of the wellness movement? Here’s how to make the case to leadership and take some initial steps.

Tap into the power of peer pressure by giving manageably sized groups more autonomy ... Prepare for dwindling travel budgets by replacing some in-person meetings with videoconference technologies ... Drive higher corporate earnings for your company by realizing that the key to productivity is not maximizing it at all costs, but maintaining a level of consistency.

Collaboration works, until it starts to resemble groupthink. That’s when healthy dissent evaporates, self-defeating tendencies surge, and negative emotions corrode the potential of the group’s work. Make sure your team is working more like the Manhattan Project and less like Enron. Three team management tips:

Pump up your managers with useful research they don’t have time to do themselves ... Sharpen your workplace instincts by playing The Office-Politics Game ... Soothe stress by first dividing triggers into two categories ...

An old blog post about greed really pointed the way to the condition the economy is in right now. Almost two years ago, when the rest of the business world was still go-go-go, the Slow Leadership movement founded by retired corporate executive Adrian Savage warned against short-term decisions driven by greed.

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