Research shows that many managers and executives are most comfortable hiring people who look, act and/or think like them. Homogenous teams are perceived as easier to manage and less prone to conflict. Sounds good, right? The problem is that numerous... (Read More)
Research shows that high levels of trust between a leader and his or her team can provide a significant boost to employee engagement and productivity. When there's trust, great things can be accomplished. But how do you show your employees that... (Read More)
Many businesses operate with a top-down management approach. Yet research shows that many workers — especially those in their 20s and 30s — prefer an empowerment approach to being managed. They want to be in the know. They want to feel... (Read More)
Your team is productive and does everything you tell them to do. But are those who report to you happy? Will your best and brightest stick with you or leave at the next opportunity? Gallup research shows that the majority of U.S. employees have... (Read More)
Providing quality feedback isn't easy. As a result, some people gloss over problems with their employees, hoping they will improve on their own. But constructive criticism is an important part of being a good leader.
Start the discussion with a... (Read More)
Effective leadership can be tricky. Different management strategies work in different industries and company settings. But some aspects of great leadership are the same across industries and situations. Likewise, some mistakes are universal. Here... (Read More)
Are you solving too many of your team's problems and challenges on your own? You want to have a team of employees who can make their own quality decisions. Here are three ways to help your employees become better problem-solvers:
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What qualities make a great leader? It's not an easy question to attempt to answer. Plus, different leadership styles can work best in different situations. But a study by McKinsey & Co. sheds some light on a handful of core qualities that are... (Read More)
How well do you know the people who report to you? Understanding the people you manage is one important key to being a successful manager.
Your team's concerns and worries, career goals and personal situations can all have a significant impact... (Read More)
You have a hard enough time taking a break. You work hard, maybe too hard, and you likely don't take enough time off. It isn't surprising then that 42% of working Americans never took personal time off in 2013.
When you finally do get away, are... (Read More)