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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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#2, based on a study of nearly 400 organizations, is strategic thinking. So #1 is...?
As a young pharmaceutical salesman, James LeVoy Sorenson spent many hours watching physicians make their rounds in hospitals. His careful observation led him to develop a range of tools they could use to save time and provide better results for patients.
An Enneagram, which dates back at least 2,000 years, derives from the Greek words “ennea,” or nine, and “gram,” something written or drawn. It refers to nine points on the circumference of a circle that correspond to nine styles you can develop as a leader.
A pioneer in molecular biology, Alexander Rich helped confirm the existence of DNA’s double helix, which opened doors to hybridization and biotechnology.
What do you do if you run a small company and you’re looking to grab market share from a dominant rival? Try staging a PR stunt.
At age 25, Peter Boni returned home after serving in Vietnam with the goal of becoming vice president of a Fortune 500 company within 10 years. How did this CEO do it in just eight?
Max Levchin runs HVF, a company he founded in 2012 to invest in promising technology startups. Levchin, 39, previously co-founded the company that became PayPal. He has a net worth of $300 million. Thanks to an em­­ployee survey, Levchin learned that his workforce viewed him as in­­accessible. They wanted more opportunities to chat with him during the day ...

For professional growth, Twitter is a game-changer. Creating an effective profile is one of the best things you’ll do. Here are 10 tips.

Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and tech leader of his time, set sail for Scotland after attending the first shareholders meeting of the Bell ­Telephone Co., still unincorporated and without capitalization as it cranked out 25 new phones per day ...
Take the pain out of change by effectively leading your team through a transition. Follow these rules.

In 2008, Methodist Hospitals was struggling. Based in Gary, Ind., Methodist had weathered five years of instability after a series of CEOs. Ian McFadden became the latest CEO in September 2008. An experienced turn­­­­­around expert, he knew how to proceed.

Eric Tveter doesn’t crave the spotlight. But the CEO of UPC Cablecom, a Swiss cable company, knows that public speaking and media appearances come with the job. “I am not a natural orator, and am more introverted than extroverted,” he says. But his low-key, conversational delivery actually makes him more authentic and likable.
Experts often emphasize the importance of making work fun. While it’s true that leaders who enjoy themselves tend to exhibit more passion, there’s no guarantee that having fun goes hand-in-hand with success. Just ask Herb Greenberg.

The Dalai Lama offers surprising advice for leaders who worry about becoming too self-centered. His Holiness actually doesn’t see self-regard as entirely bad. “We need to be somewhat self-­centered in order to succeed in life,” he says.

As a senior executive at Pepsi in 1992, Craig Weatherup realized his company’s core product—cola—was losing its luster. Years of lagging sales indicated that consumers’ interest had peaked and they weren’t going to buy more cola regardless of Pepsi’s marketing efforts ...
As CEO of Prudential Group Insurance, Lori Fouche is one of the most powerful women in business. The 47-year-old credits her success in part to her ability to describe her leadership style succinctly.
Curtis Macnguyen, described as “old school,” is a former hedge fund star, and that is not acceptable to him.
As vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Bill Owens was the second-highest-ranking military officer in the United States. But before he took that job, he aced a tough assignment in downsizing the U.S. Navy during the early 1990s.
Within days of joining Schering-Plough as its CEO in 2003, Fred Hassan knew he had to take bold action to save the big pharmaceutical company. Federal regulators were investigating the firm’s marketing practices, sales were plummeting and its cash flow was drying up ...

In 1991, Duncan McFie moved to King Island to launch a career as a teacher. The remote island, part of Tasmania, has clear air, sparkling water and little pollution. McFie, 47, soon learned that King Island rainwater is among the purest in the world because trade winds carry its rain clouds 7,000 miles from South America without passing over any land ...

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