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Leadership Skills

Don’t just be a boss — be a leader. Maximize your leadership skills in the five most crucial areas: decision making, executive coaching, leadership training, strategic management and understanding your leadership style.

Situational leadership changes depending on the type of leadership (direction and support) each of your employee’s needs. Emotional leadership is based more on the theory of emotional intelligences and relates to the situation at hand.
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Eric Schmidt joined Google as its CEO in 2001. Even though the company was already a smashing success, he knew his job wouldn’t be easy. Schmidt, 61, understood the risk that founders take when hiring an outsider as CEO. Clashes can occur as founders chafe at the CEO’s decisions.

The traits that served Dick Costolo well during Twitter’s early years did not help him once it became a public company. His background did not prepare him to run a huge global business with investors clamoring for stable growth.

Ken Chenault knows it’s tough to forge connections with over 50,000 employees. But that doesn’t stop the longtime CEO of American Express from trying.
Tech visionary John Mauchly wrote a paper in 1941 that led to the first modern computer: the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, or ENIAC, a device that used electricity to “think.”
Rob Wilson is president of Employco USA, a human resources outsourcing firm based in Westmont, Ill. An employment expert, Wilson and his team help companies manage a range of HR Functions.
Jim Estill is CEO of Danby, an appliance manufacturer based in Canada. He’s also willing to take a stand on issues outside of his job.
Know when to step up—and when to step back.
As CEO of Blockbuster in 2004, John Antioco headed a retail giant. The $6 billion video rental chain earned 60% profit margins with 60,000 employees. But six years later, it went bankrupt.
There’s a big difference between an organization that’s leadership-centric and leader-centric. And it all depends on you.
As PepsiCo’s chief operating officer in the early 1990s, David Novak sought to strengthen his bond with frontline employees around the world.
If you are a leader, steer away from these phrases.
Soon after Brad Garrett won the part of Ray Romano’s brother in the sitcom Every­­body Loves Raymond, he met Romano for the first time. He wasn’t impressed.
The concept of “grit”—a combination of perseverance and passion that underlie a person’s success—has been floating around for some time.
Oren Klaff has a strong background in deal-making, having worked for 12 years in investment banking. He says this has given him insight into the psychology of pitching ideas and how people accept those pitches.
Sports commentator Mike Pesca, in considering how Adam Silver of the National Basketball Association and Roger Goodell of the National Football League run their leagues, notes that Silver believes in due process for players.
After launching Blue Bottle Coffee in 2002, James Freeman has grown it into a high-end retailer with popular urban cafes.
Overwhelmed by the expectations of superiors to keep the money rolling in, it’s easy for managers to begin to overlook little ethical lapses. But where does it lead?
Not everyone is a brilliant orator, but it only takes a few words—precisely timed and honestly delivered—to truly command attention and respect. Here are eight phrases totaling less than 40 words. Use them and you'll stick in people's minds long after you've left the room.
Dan Kenary was in a bind. He co-founded his craft beer company, Harpoon Brewery, with Rich Doyle in 1986, and they always got along well.
Sean Rad typifies the young, impatient, cocky CEO. The 29-year-old co-founded Tinder, the fast-growing dating app, in 2012.
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