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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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If you don’t like what you hear, it’s tempting to pick a fight. But that rarely brings opposing parties closer together.
During a commencement speech he gave at MIT, Drew Houston shared two points of advice he would give to his younger self.

Like many CEOs, Dan Quiggle also raised funds for his favorite nonprofit organizations. He recalls asking a billionaire for a hefty donation to a particular charity. Quiggle, co-founder and CEO of America’s Choice Title Co., made his pitch with care. He began by thanking the billionaire for his support ...

Tom Clancy, best-selling author of military thrillers, proved that you don’t have to sneak around to glean intelligence.
Tom Magliozzi, who died in November 2014, co-hosted the radio show “Car Talk” with his brother Ray. The two of them got away with a ton of cornball shtick because of their deep knowledge about why machines work.
Leadership expert Jim Collins loves to research why companies succeed and fail. He takes an intense and methodical approach to everything; how many people do you know who log—and clock—their daily activities?
Are you a thermometer or a thermostat at work?

Unilever, a global giant with dozens of brands including Dove, Lipton and Ben & Jerry’s, competes with consumer goods behemoths such as Nestlé and Procter & Gamble. But you’d never know it by talking with its CEO.

When the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens faced each other in the AFC Championship game, the result was arguably one of the best NFL playoff games ever. Yet the following week, the media focused on dubious post-game statements made by coach John Harbaugh.

Respectful communication enhances your leadership. By leveling with people and radiating authenticity, you can deliver even bad news without rupturing your relationships at work. Here are four phrases that can undermine your reputation—and how to avoid them.

After decades working as an architect and senior executive at large firms, Stan Hathaway formed strong opinions about the right and wrong way to manage people. Now he has a chance to apply what he’s learned.

As a leader, you want to stay cool in a crisis, but overthinking is still the classic way to choke—a way known all too well by professional athletes. You can go from being hamstrung by fear to being impelled by it, but it takes work.

In 2008, Jason Bosch launched a business called Origin Fruit Direct. A native of South Africa, Bosch wanted to import fruit into China. Today, his company is thriving and has expanded its China operations. That’s partly because Bosch has adjusted his leadership and negotiating style to fit the Chinese culture.

Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant believes you can count on “three fingers, maybe” the number of NBA players in the game now who burn with the same intensity he does. Identifying kindred spirits is a pastime of his.

Bruce Lee died in 1973 at age 32. In his short life, he thrived as an action film star, martial artist, screenwriter, movie director and ­philosopher. To operate at peak efficiency, Lee liked to “hack away at the unessential.”

As some scientific research and tactics of successful leaders prove, it sometimes pays to go against the grain and experiment with unorthodox management tactics.
Besieged by information overload, executives often struggle to maintain their focus. This leads them to find ways to concentrate better so they can achieve creative breakthroughs.
Two hours. That’s how much sleep Jill got the night before she had to fire Les. As Monday progressed toward the awful three o’clock sit-down, she could feel the tension grow in her neck, her chest, even her hands ...

Founded in 1927, Maple Leaf Foods enjoyed a long run of success as a Canadian food processing company. But in 2008, some of the firm’s luncheon meats proved deadly. Due to a contaminated Maple Leaf plant in Toronto, a Listeria bacteria outbreak claimed 21 lives. CEO Michael McCain suddenly faced a huge crisis.

With his mentor’s help, Juan Ramon Alaix analyzed his decision-making and grew as a leader. He received valuable input from a trusted outsider that he couldn’t get from his colleagues.
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