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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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"We're living through a historically steep leadership learning curve. Unfortunately, we're learning from unbelievably poor examples of leadership." So writes consultant and leadership coach Dan Coughlin in his book, Corporate Catalysts.
In his book Corporate Catalysts, author Dan Coughlin identifies 20 leadership tools—"different ways to influence the way other people think. They are very simple ideas; that's the point. Being a great leader is not complicated." Here's a sampling:
Here is an abbreviated version of five practices that lay out the leader’s path:
Take two guys who’ve made it a big part of their “value proposition” to hire military veterans, and you’ve got the basic leadership philosophy at Home Depot. Vets are mature, disciplined leaders, says HR chief Dennis Donovan.
Hard knocks can teach you as much as great experiences can. But to unlock the lessons of hardship, emerging leaders need two things:
Some people are born leaders, but all of us can develop our competencies and be better leaders. To help identify your obstacles to leadership, answer "Yes" or "No" to the following statements:
Here’s a process for making ethical decisions. Run through this work sheet if you ever feel queasy about the path you or your organization is about to take.
Management fads make employees cynical, says coach and consultant Wolf Rinke. They feel used and even abused. Eventually, they develop thick skins so they can stay sane while playing the “Let’s pretend” game during management’s next fad onslaught. To stop the insanity, Rinke points to research showing that four basic, “somewhat nonsexy” practices lead organizations to outperform their peers:
Lord knows, leaders have never been models of perfection. Nobody illustrates that point better than Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence author and third U.S. president.
Whether you're a new manager or a veteran trying to develop your own team members, it's important to remember: Before you can act like a leader, you need to think like a leader. Here's some advice you can take to heart.
“I’m hard pressed to think of a trend that [Estée] Lauder started,” writes fashion insider Grace Mirabella. Nonetheless, Mirabella heaps praise on Lauder’s unparalleled cosmetics empire.

Even in conversation, Maj. Richard “Dick” Winters shows the leadership traits that made him a key player on D-day and a pivotal character in the HBO World War II series Band of Brothers. Here’s a sampling of how Winters’ careful preparation honed his leadership skills:
The way you use your organization’s parking lot can send important messages about your unvoiced priorities and your leadership style. Here’s what we saw at five organizations:
Ray Gilmartin faced a daunting task in 1994 when he signed on as president and CEO of Merck & Co.
It's hard to find anyone who'll admit to being a "micromanager" — or who'll say anything positive about that breed of manager. But sometimes, we all fit the bill, even when we think we're just being "hands-on" or "engaged" with our teams and their work.
Watch “American Idol” for only 10 minutes and you’ll understand what makes the three judges tick. Each owns a classic leadership style with its own strengths and weaknesses. Here’s what we mean:
In his book Don't Oil the Squeaky Wheel, Wolf Rinke debunks management myths and offers counterintuitive strategies to lead readers toward "contrarian leadership."
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After studying ancient Greek drama masterpieces, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) concluded that great accomplishments come from people who can think in two distinct ways at the same time:
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