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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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Every company has a handful of frustrating clients who push your limits. What can you do?
Big thinkers have developed a boatload of ideas to help established companies become entrepreneurial. Despite the help, it’s rare to find an established firm that creates radical new markets. What’s required for exploration and colonization often conflicts with what’s needed for consolidation.
John Mattone, a Florida-based consultant and author of Intelligent Leadership, says that strong leaders need a strong “inner core” as well as an impressive “outer core.” Many people mistakenly judge the outer core alone.
If you’re going to defend yourself and your organization against carping ­­critics, build a strong case. Don’t just whine and complain.
Best known for warning of a growing “military-industrial complex,” President Dwight Eisenhower also played a central role in stopping the anti-Communist witch hunt called McCarthyism.
Conrad Hilton converted a fleabag into a hotel empire. Hiltons were the first hotels to put ­air-conditioning, TVs, ironing boards and sewing kits in their rooms. Modern hotel-reservation systems evolved from Hil­­ton’s 1948 prototype. "Successful men keep moving," he said. "They don’t stop to think about the next move."
Reporters who covered Nelson Mandela never doubted his courage, vision or greatness of spirit, but some felt his eulogies elevated him to sainthood, overlooking his practical side.
Alan Mulally, 68, is leaving Ford Motor Company after overseeing an amazing turnaround from a $12.6 billion net loss in 2006 to $7.2 billion in earnings in 2013.
Albert Einstein said ”If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask … for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”
Everyone agrees that leadership is vital. But what is it, and why does it sometimes fail?
Here are five tips for winning respect and loyalty from those whom you supervise.
As president and chief executive of Tangerine—formerly ING Direct Canada—Peter Aceto could act like most big bank CEOs and cultivate an image of aloofness and power. But he does the reverse.
When you’re stumped by a question that comes out of nowhere from a reporter, shareholder or staff member, use these responses.

Marissa Mayer possesses many leader­­ship qualities. She’s bright, articulate and a self-professed computer geek who’s Yahoo’s president and chief executive. But Mayer, 38, has her share of personality flaws. While one or two weaknesses might be easy to overlook, former employees grumble about three hard-to-ignore failings.

Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry grew up six blocks apart near Detroit. Still, it took them years to launch green soap company Method.
Some entrepreneurs love to launch businesses, but they lack interest in managing growing enterprises. Tom Gegax made the successful transition from startup bootstrapper to business builder.
Stanford business professor Jeffrey Pfeffer looked at the research on power. Then he zeroed in on elements the powerful possess.

There’s no guidebook for CEOs. Succeeding as the head honcho requires the ability to set clear priorities and take bold action. To evaluate chief executives, Andre­­es­­sen Horowitz—a venture capital firm in California’s Silicon Valley—asks three questions.

Seth Bannon is a connected kind of guy, and it shocked him that the technology used to organize people and raise money is so awful. So, following a now-familiar path, Bannon dropped out of Harvard to start Amicus, a company to overhaul tech tools for nonprofits.

According to a paper by researchers at the University of Georgia and Penn State, CEOs matter to their companies to a greater degree than ever before.
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