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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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Late in World War II, when the tide had turned against Germany, Adolf Hitler tried to lift the spirits of his generals, his soldiers and the public by claiming that “secret weapons” were under development that would win the war quickly. The weapons were coming soon, he told everyone. The problem: No such weapons existed.
Heed the words of David Corderman, chief of the FBI’s Leadership Development Institute: “Leaders are born and made.”
To gain agility and speed, urges entrepreneur Michael Kramer, standardize your processes.
Here’s a neat way to parse people in your organization:
Mackay Envelope Corp. founder and Chairman Harvey Mackay developed these simple rules for ensuring that his friendships did not undermine his success … and that his success did not kill his friendships:
In the middle of negotiations over a demolition job last year, the owner of Dole Food Co. suddenly chewed out his adversary, the 285-pound founder of a wrecking company. “Mr. Griffin,” the 150-pound, 83- year-old David Murdock told the man, “you’re fat and you’re going to die.”
Before you hire an executive coach, beware if he or she:
Without benefit of education or connections, Clarence Avant used mentors to climb to the top of the pop music business … and then became a mentor himself.
As a young man who lost his hearing in a motorcycle wreck, King Jordan never dreamed he could become the head of anything. Even in 1988, when he became the first deaf president of Gallaudet University, the world’s only liberal arts university for the deaf, Jordan still wasn’t sure he’d succeed.
Deborah Gruenfeld enjoys studying leaders who behave badly. “There are just so many good examples of people with power who behave in ways that demand some kind of psychological explanation,” says the director of Stanford’s Center for Leadership Development and Research.
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