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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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Set aside any notions you might have that the federal bureaucracy is inherently dysfunctional. In fact, Uncle Sam’s best agencies have a thing or two to teach private-sector employers. Here are eight lessons employers can learn from the biennial agency-by-agency ranking of federal employers by the Partnership for Public Service and American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation.

Your organization prides itself on its inclusiveness. Everyone is included in everything. But there's a downside. All that collaboration grinds your operation to a slow crawl.
Many managers try to leave their mark by favoring anything that’s new and different. They figure that whatever happened before they arrived was wrong.

How did Martin Luther King Jr.—and others great leaders, past and present—help the co-founder of Honest Tea? Seth Goldman found he had no sounding board. Here’s what he did when the Aspen Institute chose him for a leadership program—and what you can re-create:

Though work mates care about you, they pay more attention to messages that show there’s something in it for them, says Susan Mason, a principal of Vital Visions Consultants. So, for example, if you want something from your boss—whether it’s approval on a new printer purchase or a more flexible schedule—figure out what benefit she will realize. Figure out “What’s In It For Me?” from her perspective.

You’ve just made another tough promotion decision, and 10 other urgent tasks require your attention. Before you move to the next item on your to-do list, take the time to document the promotion process. That way, if you are later sued, you can easily show the court the factors you considered.

Question:  “Although I am considered the lead supervisor in my department and have practically run the place for the past year, the company recently chose someone else to be department manager. An executive who is new to our company made this decision. He didn’t offer me an interview or make any effort to get to know me. I am having trouble accepting the situation and feel very resentful. How can I get past this?  And when I talk with this executive, how do I convince him that I would have been the right person for the job?” — Passed Over

True or false: Employees are either creative or they’re not—creativity isn’t a skill you can teach. False. Managers can play a key role in creating an environment in which employees will want to look for new ideas. Share this article with your supervisors to help tap employee creativity.

The Mayo Clinic is known for its unique approach to leadership development. These four tenets are critical to maintaining its culture:

As I see it, there are 6 factors responsible for any individual’s success or lack thereof, especially in business and wealth building.

Lead your team using Google’s “wisdom of crowds” model ... Lay the foundation for tomorrow’s workforce by developing virtual teams ... Close the gap between leader and followers by demonstrating visibly that you value employees.

The journal Chief Executive again rated its 20 best companies for leaders last year, with 3M shooting up to the top from 15th place the year before. One thing that may account for 3M’s rapid rise was a greater reliance on peer assessment.

As a manager, you have power over people. Don’t blow it. Adopt the mentality of a “servant leader” and strive to support your workers’ efforts.
You know you’re smart. But do others appreciate your intelligence?

Move over, Google. Microsoft grabs tech headlines this month by adding zippy new features to its Internet Explorer browser. Here are four cool tricks that will save time for you and your employees.

It’s not just players who can change the game. Leaders can, too. Take Zack Greinke, one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. Four years ago, Greinke hated pitching so much that he had to play little mind games to stay engaged. In desperation, he went to his bosses, general manager Allard Baird and manager Buddy Bell, who told him to go home and stop thinking about baseball ...

Most leaders want to work with people with a positive attitude. But Howard Behar tolerates and even welcomes negative personalities.
In a recent speech by a senior executive at Lockheed Martin Corp., the speaker discussed faulty predictions that experts have made over the years. She was trying to make a point that even the most knowledgeable experts cannot see into the future.
Fresh from graduating Harvard Business School, Bob Seelert joined General Foods’ product management staff in 1967. His first assignment: Help launch Start, an instant breakfast drink. “Little did I know it was about to become the single biggest disaster in the company’s history,” says Seelert.
Every crisis will pass. And when it does, your reputation will either soar or suffer based on how you handled it.
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