A former Sports Illustrated editor interviewed 120 leaders in sports and business, from the head men's basketball coach at Duke to the CEO of Southwest Airlines. The resulting book distills 16 habits that organizations do differently to build and support high-performing teams.
Organizational change initiatives require leaders to demystify strategy and translate it into meaningful, daily activities for their teams. In this interview, esteemed HR executive Larry Solomon shares some insights on unlocking the innate ability of people to react, absorb and triumph amid turbulent change.
Creating a culture of trust is one of the most important roles of a leader. Trust improves team morale, which improves performance. Here are six cornerstones to building a culture of trust on your teams, from keeping your word to sharing the spotlight.
Today’s workplace features more generational diversity than ever before, underscored by vastly different perspectives on technology. This adds another layer of complexity to managing teams. The leader’s duty is to highlight the similarities between colleagues and leverage the differences in background and experience to form a cohesive group.
Project leadership is about finding the “glue” that binds a team to work well together. It starts with gathering information about team members, listening to their concerns and knowledge, finding the common threads that can unify them, and then empowering them to execute the plan.
If those who aspire to greater leadership heights spent more effort looking within for direction — and less time absorbing the regurgitated, cliché-ridden advice of external "experts" — they just might become better leaders. It starts with asking some hard questions that require your own honest answers. But there is still a role for role models.
Where will Agile transformation drive the most value in your organization? Probably in the areas where business conditions are changing rapidly and customers or stakeholders expect continual improvement in your service or product. Here is a helpful exercise to better identify those areas that could most benefit from an agile approach.
Successful leaders don't just communicate to inform; they also communicate to influence and inspire. Business jargon and buzzwords won't cut it. Teams crave clarity of vision, and whether you are heading an organization or a project, you must take a critical look at how your words are crafted and received.
When dysfunctional processes are entrenched in an organization, decision-making stalls and employees disconnect. Five principles of engagement can make a difference, says Steve Goldstein, whose new book offers techniques to help leaders connect with teams and customers, including “cultivating an outsider perspective.”
By developing and rewarding the practice of servant leadership, an organization goes a long way toward creating a positive, productive work environment that inspires teams. Here are seven principles servant leaders follow, from "selling, not telling" to valuing diverse opinions and thinking long term.