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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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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.

Soon after Gary Lizalek was hired at a Wisconsin medical firm, he informed the company that he believed, as a matter of religious faith, that he was three separate beings. The company fired all three Lizaleks. He sued, saying the company failed to accommodate his religious beliefs.

Question: "I am on a task force to develop a "desk audit" or "task audit" that will give our 20-member staff a better sense of how our time is spent, where we can become more efficient, and address unanticipated tasks. Our strategic planning consultants have told us that it would be best to develop our own workflow audit, as there are few models in the not-for-profit world.  They recommend choosing an "appropriate" unit of time and reporting frequency, making it easy and sharing data with staff frequently to show progress, but we're still feeling daunted by the task.  Has anyone developed a desk/task audit that they'd be willing to share?  How did you make it palatable to your co-workers?"  — Louise

How can you be assured of enough face time with your boss to ask questions, convey critical information and dazzle her with your smarts—without coming across as a time drain? The key, advises author and workplace columnist Anita Bruzzese, is to be aware of what your boss wants and when and how she wants it.

Wisdom rarely comes cheap. Usually, it takes decades of experience to learn lessons in leadership. Alan Webber devised a simpler path to enlightenment. He identified 52 insights he gleaned from meeting successful people throughout his career.

In what some employment law attorneys are calling one of the most important employment law cases of the decade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 29 that the city of New Haven shouldn’t have thrown out promotion test results of all firefighters just because it feared the test would have a disparate impact on black firefighters. What's the practical impact? Read on ...

If reaching for reference materials in your office requires moving a handful of beads you brought back from Mardi Gras, your personality may be overpowering your professional image. Personalizing our office space is tempting, but everyone should strike a balance.

Catch a second wind by tackling a task on your “Mind Like Mush” list ... Is your boss an ‘allergic-to-details’ type? Keep project files handy that contain details he or she is likely to need ... Find travel deals by booking later ... Spruce up your administrative “portfolio” by adding a dash of visual material.

Employees everywhere are tapping their professional networks, as they look for new jobs or prepare for the possibility of a pink slip. The good news is that a number of strong associations already exist and can offer a string of networking benefits. Here are a few tips for

Gayle Igarashi, a secretary at Maluhia Hospital in Honolulu, was forever changed the moment she saw stroke patients, who’d lost the ability to speak, interacting with one of her therapy dogs. Seeing how patients connected with the animals and how it comforted them led Igarashi to launch her “Tails of Aloha” animal therapy program.

The financial crisis means managers and executives, now more than ever, need to hone their leadership skills. Here are the top qualities of a leader, no matter what field you're in, your size or the condition of your balance sheet.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, some pundits wondered whether Barack Obama’s confidence bordered on arrogance. Managers ask themselves the same question.
For Bill George, it’s easy to differentiate between a manager and leader: A manager spends too much time doing paperwork while a leader spends most of the day interacting face-to-face.

Are you a situational leader or an emotional leader? Situational leadership depends on the kind of direction and support each of your followers needs. Emotional leadership is situational, too, but based more on the theory of emotional intelligences than on the level of your involvement ...

In 1995, Jim Stengel moved to Prague to run Procter & Gamble’s business in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He had already spent 12 years climbing the ladder at P&G and he was headed for the executive suite. Then he stumbled.
Look beyond today’s recession. A new crop of chief executives must run tomorrow’s companies. Are you ready?

Yale psychologists, back in 1990, found that the ability to think dispassionately about your own passions is linked with success. This finding opened up a whole new field: emotional intelligence.

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