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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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One bad day can shake even the best supervisor’s confidence. Here’s where you can get the encouragement you need to put yours back together.

Robert Moses is best known as the man who looked at a marshy, unsightly expanse and slowly transformed it into the city of Flushing Meadows, New York.

Marjorie Kaplan, former head of Animal Planet and TLC for Discovery Communications, describes an example of sexism early in her career, plus the kind of constant noise that still plagues aspiring women.

Some feared that Mike Salvino would prove a high-profile failure. Instead, he learned that people are born with four drivers, and took the insight to heart.

Pondering just three questions can help you evaluate how far you’ve come as a manager, identify what obstacles still remain in your path, and reveal whether your actions align with your managerial mission.

Transforming yourself from a pessimist into an optimist won’t happen overnight. It requires an entirely different outlook on life, along with the discipline to change for good.

Nicole Bernard Dawes’ willingness to ask point-blank for an answer proved a wise strategy.

Milton Hershey learned that a group of locals were planning to attack some of his immigrant employees as they left the plant at the end of their shift. Unwilling to ignore the threat, he decided to take proactive steps to protect his workers.

“Meditation allows you to get in touch with who you are as a human being and gives you the power to choose how you respond to any situation.”

If you’re a business leader, keep an eye on @JohnLegere and other leaders who have chosen to risk backlash by speaking bluntly on social media and putting their faces and words front and center of the company’s public persona.

Andrew Makar is all too familiar with project management challenges. An information technology consultant, he has learned how to avoid potholes and stay on track.

Q: Our CEO is always telling us to be more open about our failures. He wants us to innovate, and he knows that means some botched experiments. But the few of us who have taken high-profile risks have not been lauded; in fact, he’s privately (and publicly) shamed and embarrassed us. Is there a polite way to call someone a hypocrite?

When he was 16, Frank Ntilikina asked Michael Jordan for the key to his success, and Jordan told the aspiring NBA player the most amazing thing he’d ever heard. 

Somewhere out there are true individuals who are just fine engaging in group or “significant other” activities all by themselves, completely comfortable no matter who’s looking at them quizzically. Become that type of person and you’ve reached a plateau of self-confidence few ever will.

Asked how he convinced his friend Warren Buffett to turn over most of his billions in an enormous donation to the Gates Foundation years ago, software pioneer Bill Gates said he never brought it up.

“I told them, ‘You’ve created a successful business after breaking away from another firm. I find that inspirational. I want that same story. And I can’t do this without your support.’”

When’s the last time you practiced treading water while a jug of water was poured onto your head?

To tackle your ever-expanding responsibilities, you create a to-do list. That’s a good start. The real test of your productivity, however, involves how you use your list.

A recent LinkedIn study surveyed 2,000 U.S. business-to-business professionals about how they see technology affecting sales. Here’s some data from the study, along with steps you can take.

Michael Houlihan didn’t intend to launch a wine company. It all started by happenstance.

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