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Leaders & Managers

From the nitty gritty of daily management to addressing your aspirations of leadership, this section for leaders & managers tells you how to make strong leadership decisions, build effective teams, delegate and stay above the everyday management muddle.

Get tips, strategies, tool and advice on: performance reviews, preventing workplace violence, best-practices leadership, team building, leadership skills, people management and management training.

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Here are some things your ace workers would love to hear you say.

Daniel A. Dailey is Sergeant Major of the Army, the service’s highest-ranking enlisted soldier. So it would figure that Dailey, 46, has strong ideas about what it takes to lead.

Tyra Banks, host of “America’s Next Top Model” for more than a decade, has been a champion of both the traditional and the nontraditional.

Every boss has a worker or two that, well, just grates on you. Learning to give a pat on the back to someone who rubs you the wrong way takes practice, but it’s well worth it.

You want your project team to spring into action, so you tell them what you want and when you want it. Bad idea.

Want to grow leaders, pass along the culture of your firm, or convince new hires that the company is vested in their career development? Encouraging mentorship might be your answer.

Piyush Patel, CEO of digital animation training company Digital-Tutors, knows how to make new employees feel at home and appreciated.

Are you considering taking over a virtual team? If so, make sure you are up to the challenge. The most successful virtual leaders do these things.

Two women entered science in the 1940s and both won the Nobel Prize. How’d they do it? 

Decisions always have a ripple effect of unforeseen consequences.

If you have the feeling people may not meet an impending deadline, don’t wait until it’s too late. At least one week prior to the deadline, check in with employees to gauge their progress. Ask them questions like these.

What to do with a business card ... Be clear in an email to multiple recipients

Here are a couple of tips to stay on top of projects employees are working on.

Even though research on the relation between time pressure and creativity remains muddled, a few things started to become clear as early as 2002, according to a 10-year study by Harvard business professor Teresa Amabile.

The key to finding the right person for your open position is not reviewing as many applications as possible. Instead, you need to focus on the “informed candidates.” What can you do to attract them?

Consider the end of the game that propelled Brady to his first Super Bowl as a backup filling in for the Patriots’ regular starter, Drew Bledsoe, back in 2002. 

It’s easy to feel like an impostor who’s pretending to know more than you do. That can lead you to talk too much and lose touch with your team. To avoid talking at (rather than with) others, beware of these traps.

Most teams have them—members who complete their assigned tasks well enough, but never have much to say during team meetings. How do you reach these silent workers? It depends on why they keep quiet.

“Although I followed my employee’s wishes, it left me with a nagging feeling.”

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is aggressively going after employers that don’t take seriously their responsibility to provide a safe workplace—especially those that don’t have a specific violence prevention program in place.

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