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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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Like Gideon in biblical times and Coretta Scott King in our own, actor Michael J. Fox wasn’t exactly thrilled about his call to leadership. Famous for playing boyish roles in Back to the Future movies and the TV show Family Ties, Fox never would have begun championing research on Parkinson’s disease if he hadn’t been diagnosed with it himself at age 30.
It wasn’t merely Lawrence Summers’ perceived arrogance and abrasiveness that sank his presidency at Harvard University. Large structural changes in higher education—including the rise of science and technology—also contributed to his downfall. Here are a few actions Summers could have taken to shore up his standing:
Build trust among your people by stressing the seriousness of the problems that lie ahead of them.
A survey for a forthcoming book, Business at the Speed of Molasses, found that people feel more motivation, energy and enthusiasm if they think their employer’s core values are “crucial and part of everything we do.” Here are 9 questions to test the strength of your team’s belief in your organization’s core values:
Duke University’s legendary basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, mixes traditional male coaching approaches with a feminine style he calls “releasing your inner woman.”
Realize more of your ambitions by attacking them with this conviction:
Despite his success, Bill Gates says he never feels safe from competitors. In fact, he still loses sleep at night.
You don’t have to follow a “normal” path to career success. Few truly successful people do. Take Miriam Rothschild, world expert on fleas, who grew up with no formal education in a Doctor Doolittle environment created by her father, banker Charles Rothschild.
Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs gave a masterful commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005 that’s been winging around the Internet. Here are the highlights from Jobs’ three stories:
“American Idol’s” most caustic judge, Simon Cowell, may come off as unnecessarily cruel, but he’s spectacularly proficient at one leadership skill: giving honest feedback.
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