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Leadership, a critical management skill, is the ability to motivate a group of people toward a common goal. These articles will help you develop your skills as a leader.

What Is A Leader
What Is A Leader? This describes the characteristics and traits of a leader. What makes a leader.

The Best Leader I Ever Knew
Being a leader is very different than being the boss. Here are eight traits that make a leader stand out.

Talking Out Loud
Talking Out Loud, a guest article by Leslie Kossoff, emphasizes that it's not enough to have great thoughts you have to have the courage to let the words out of your mouth ahead of time. That is hard, but it is necessary if you are to be a leader

From Manager to Leader
In this guest article, From Manager to Leader, Leslie Kossoff explains the difference between management and leadership and details a step by step plan for anyone to become a leader.

Why Should Anyone Work For You?
There are a few questions you need to be able to answer if you want to be a leader. Why Should Anyone Work For You? is one of them. Here is what you need to know.

What’s the right leadership style for this?
To get the most out of your team, you have to adjust your leadership style to match what each different team member needs. Treat everyone fairly, but treat them as individuals.

How To Be A Better Manager
Flatter organizations and more self-directed teams means fewer managers are needed. However, people who can manage themselves and others in a high stress environment are in greater demand. Anyone can be a good manager. Here are some things that make you a better manager.

Leaders Are Always Positive
Leaders always want to inspire and motivate their teams toward their goals. That is one reason they are always positive. Managers who want to become leaders can learn that skill.

Leaders Don't Always Lead
Leaders don't always lead. They know when to step back and let others lead so they can develop this needed skill. Learn how and why.

The Manager As Leader
Part 4 in a series of 4 artilces on strategic planning, this feature details the need to motivate the people in your organization to work toward the common goal and offers leadership tips on how to accomplish that goal.

The Toxic Boss Syndrome
We all know them. The toxic bosses. They make a large company an unpleasant place to work and can kill a small company. Your have to be a leader and solve the problem. Here's how to do it.

Top Leadership Books
Leadership is different than management. It is the art of getting people to move together toward a goal they don't yet see. These books best capture that unique idea.

Most Important Leadership Skill or Trait
What is the most important leadership skil or trait? What is the one thing that separates a great leader from the rest? And can it be learned or is it inherent?

Best Boss You Have Known
Readers nominate their best boss, the best leader they have known.

Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive
Patrick Lencioni has written this superior management book as a "leadership fable". Short at 180 pages, it is full of useful ideas for right now and is an easy read - a must read for any manager.

Shut Up And Lead
Shut Up And Lead reminds managers to keep their personal problems out of the office and explains what you can and shouldn't discuss with your team.

Beep! Beep! An Interview with Management Guru Oren Harari
In this interview with Management Guru Oren Harari on his leadership book "Beep! Beep! Competing in the Age of the Roadrunner", he discusses the changes leaders will have to make to succeed.

Major Leadership Theories
About.com Guide Kendra Cherry lists and discussed 8 major theoriesof leadership. She covers from the "Great Man" theory of leadership to transformational leadership and provides examples of each.

Famous Quotes on Leadership
A select collection of famous quotes on leadership from About.com Guide Simran Khurana. This list of leadership quotes ranges from philosophers to folk proverbs

US Congress Fails As Board of Directors
The start of a US-led war against Iraqi indicates a failure of diplomacy. It also indicates a failure of the US Congress to effectively guide President Bush in his capacity as CEO of the US. It's a case of corporate governance failure within the same government that is trying to fix corporate governance failures within American business.

The Leadership Guide
Don Clark's Big Dog Leadership Page is a guide for new managers. It is arguably the most complete treatment of this important subject and includes the concepts of leadership and a basic background on leadership. It also includes the skills and knowledge needed to implement effective leadership.

The Five P's of Leadership
From Wally Bock, you can only concentrate on a few things, here is a quick summary of what's imortant for leaders.

Overview of Leadership in Organizations
An excellent collection of general articles about the foundations of leadership. The site deals with issues such as perspective, leading versus managing and how leaders lead.

Ten Leadership Core Competencies
The University of Maryland has identified ten core competencies its leaders should have. See how your program compares.

Leader, Manager, Supervisor
Wally Bock's article on the different roles we have to play "Leader, Manager, Supervisor: Three Roles Everyone Responsible for a Group Must Fill"

Leadership Communications for the 21st Century
This website is devoted to helping managers become leaders. Most are articles by the page owner, but he clearly understand the value of leadership for managers.

Time Sink
Definition of the business management term time sink

A Proactive Approach to Tough Feedback
Feedback sessions are tough when an employee is caught off guard. Taking a proactive approach to tough feedback eliminates the shock and surprise.

10 Ways to Ignite Employee Performance
10 ways to improve employee performance.

Why Every Manager Should Create their own Succession Plan
Why managers should care about their own succession and how to create a succession plan.

The Top 10 Performance Appraisal Blunders a Manager can Make
A cynical look at some of the common performance appraisal mistakes managers make.

How to Build a Winning Team
How to create a high performing, winning team.

12 Ways for Leaders to Build a Solid Foundation of Trust with their Employees
Leadership requires a solid foundation of trust - this article by management and leadership expert Dan McCarthy gives leaders a 12 step plan to build trust with their employees.

10 Things Your Employees May Not be Telling You

70 Awesome Coaching Questions Using the GROW Model
Coaching is the art of asking questions to help someone achieve a goal or goals. This article provides managers with 70 awesome coaching questions to use within the GROW coaching model.

10 Really Lame Reasons for Not Developing Your Employees
A compelling argument for why managers should invest in the development of their employees.

How to Align Your Team Around a Shared Vision: Part 1, Preparation
If you're taking over a new team, starting a project, or just need to take your team in another direction, here is a 10 step process on how to create a shared vision using a collaborative approach.

10 Leadership Lessons from Horrible Bosses
How to learn valuable leadership from your worst bosses

When is Coaching a Bad Idea?

15 Ways to Rain on a Brainstorming Session
Here are 10 of the most common ways to ruin a brainstorming session.

8 Ways to Develop Better Common Sense
Can you improve your "common sense", or help someone else improve their common sense? This article shows you how.

How to Help Your Manager Get Promoted
You won't get that promotion if your boss can't be promoted - here's how to help your manager be more successful.

10 Ways to Motivate Your Employees
Here are 10 ways for managers to create a workplace environment where employees will feel motivated to do their best.

The Secret to Becoming a Better Leader
Instead of trying to improve too many things at once, leaders would be better off just focusing on one thing at a time. This article explains why and how.

14 Characteristics of Amazing Mentors
Learn the 14 characteristics of being an effective mentor

Talent Obsession Weekly
Executive coach Beth Armknecht Miller describes how to build continuous learning into weekly meetings.

The 10 Essential Roles of a Manager
What exactly does a manager do? What should a manager do? his article describes the 11 essential roles of a manager.

21 Free Leadership & Management Video Sites
A recommended list of 21 free leadership and management development websites. No rotten tomatoes here!

How to Manage Workplace Conflict
Workplace conflict in inevitable, and it's a manager's job to deal with it. Read more to learn how.

40 Ways to Improve 360 Degree Assessment Discussions
How to maximize the value of a 360 degree assessment.

10 Models for Leading Change
10 models for leading individual and organizational change.

Top 2 Myths Leaders Have About Igniting Employee Passion
As a leader, you first need to understand your employee. You need to understand their strengths and challenges, skills, knowledge, and values before you can ever hope to influence their passion.

How to Persuade an Employee to Resign
There is an alternative to firing a poorly performing employee - a manager can give the employee the option of making their own decision to resign.

20 Characteristics of Successful Senior Executives
Read about the common characteristics that separate successful executives from the rest.

Guidelines for Reorganizing your Department or Company
Reorganizations, if not carefully planned out, can result in unnecessary anxiety, cynicism, and chaos. These guidelines can help ensure that your objectives are achieved and help minimize the disruption.

A Six Step Consensus Decision Making Framework
The following framework will enable a leader to involve others in consensus decision making in a way that is energizing and efficient.

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