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Why Do Employees Quit Their Managers? Here's the No. 1 Reason in a Short Sentence

Reversing this problem is so simple, and yet it's so hard to find in most managers.<p>If I were to sit down at a coffee shop with leadership gurus John C. Maxwell, Ken Blanchard, and Simon Sinek--who have collectively sold a gazillion best-selling leadership books--and ask them this question, do you …

How Leaders Build Great Team — Chris Fussell Interview | Art of Manliness

We live in a complex, ever changing world. Thanks to our networked, global society, small players can have huge impacts in geo-politics and world …

Successful Business Leaders Focus on Preventing Employee Burnout

Frazzled employees are never fully engaged.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s an epidemic in the American workforce. And, no, it’s not unemployment. It’s employee burnout. Unlike freelancers and the self-employed, employees can’t control this. Just try telling your …

The Workplace

The Challenge Of Being A Theory Y Manager

Managers generally have one of two perspectives regarding their employees. Many years ago a professor named Douglas McGregor dubbed these perspectives Theory X and Theory Y.<p>Theory X assumes that people dislike work and will avoid doing anything they don’t have to do. So they must be controlled and …

7 Ways to Sincerely Encourage Your Employees

Help them. Coach them. Thank them.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Encouragement is not praise. Done well, encouragement can lead to success for an employee -- at which time praise is appropriate. You see, encouragement is the act of providing positive feedback that …

Employment

I Suffered a Heart Attack While Hiking a 12,000-Foot Mountain. Here's What I Learned About Leadership

How seasoned entrepreneurs can avoid making rookie mistakes.<p>I recently stared death in the face for the second time in a year (and each event happened on the very same day, May 28th). #BadKarma<p>I wrote about my first near death experience, and the leadership lessons I learned in an Inc. column I …

Leadership

All Meetings Are Terrible... Except for One (on One)

Okay, maybe not all meetings. I’m just pushing a software engineering stereotype.<p>When I joined Fixt Inc., over a year ago, I was fresh out of college …

LISTEN: Embracing feminine leadership could save humanity from itself

<b>Nina Simons, co-founder Bioneers (Genevieve Russell)</b><p>Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons talks to “Inflection Point” about feminine leadership, “The Burning Times” and more<p>Lauren Schiller<p>July 8, 2017 7:00pm (UTC)<p>Social entrepreneur Nina Simons has held many impressive titles throughout her career: …

Open-Mindedness

The 7-Step Leadership Formula Top Firefighters Use

In the same way firefighters rely on this systematic approach to save lives, the best leaders leverage a proven process rather than simply shoot from the hip.<p>The blaring shrill from the station bell startles the team into action. Within minutes, the crew is speeding down the road, racing to …

6 lessons every business leader should learn from Uber’s uphill culture battle

Given the recent news headlines, it’s clear Uber — among other companies — must reevaluate its company culture. Earlier this week, when news hit that Uber’s board of directors approved a set of 47 recommendations prepared by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, I was surprised how well I could …

The Leadership Skill Everybody Needs -- And 90% Of Managers Lack

There are good reasons it’s easy to find lousy managers in virtually every industry and function.<p>It is no surprise that nearly every working person has one Bad Boss story ready to share, if not a collection of them.<p>New managers typically receive little to no training in “people management,” …

Why Do Employees Quit on Their Bosses? Because They Never Get Asked These Important Questions

According to Gallup research, these questions may be the key to stopping your best people from leaving.<p>For nearly five decades now, ever since Robert K. Greenleaf wrote his seminal essay "The Servant as Leader," leadership thinkers have attempted to replicate, rehash, and reinterpret the concepts …

7 Bad Habits You Need to Kill to Be a Better Leader

Why are some people in the workplace, so...dysfunctional? It may be due to a lack of self-awareness.<p>Just about any leader or entrepreneur who's ever failed at some point understands the importance of inviting feedback.<p>Yes, it's powerful because gaining new perspective and wisdom from, perhaps, …

The 5 C's of Great Leaders

Want to be a stronger leader? Build a stronger team on these five principles.<p><i>By Kirsten Blakemore Edwards (@KirstenBeMe), MA CPCC, Consultant at Partners In Leadership</i><p>Upward movement is a challenge, especially for women competing to ascend the ranks in a male-dominated company. Instead of fighting …

9 Tests Every Leader Must Pass

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For hundreds of years, people have wanted to know the answer to one question: Are leaders born or made?<p>In other words, is leadership a matter of having the right genes or the right education?<p>After decades of research and thousands of …

Self-improvement

Want to Know How You're Doing as a Boss? Ask Yourself These 15 Powerful Questions

This simple self-diagnosis will reveal a lot about how employees feel about their bosses.<p>If you're wondering how to motivate your employees so they are performing at the highest level, the sweet spot for that to happen is found in their emotional commitment to the job.<p>This is important because when …

Employee Engagement

This Popular Female CEO's Leadership Style May End the Debate on Best Leadership Style

How she turned her company around is reason alone to call this debate over.<p>In 2007, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen was in deep trouble. Their profit was stagnant, and the company stock price had taken a nose dive to $13.00. The brand suffered, and franchise owners were butting heads with corporate. It …

How to be a leader at work — when you’re not the boss

You're not the boss. You know that. But guess what? That doesn't mean you can't be a leader — even to your boss. Here's the thing: "Your boss wants …

Want to Earn Your Team's Trust? Here's How

Credibility with your team can make all the difference at a critical moment.<p>In my time talking to and working with leaders across dozens of industries, I've discovered one key factor that often determines their success or failure: whether or not their team <i>actually</i> believes what they are saying.<p>You …

Tipping

Steve Jobs taught me before employees can be creative, they have to feel psychologically safe

I was once in a meeting with Steve Jobs where he admitted his fallibility. I was involved in the design of the common dining area at the Pixar atrium at the time, and it was an awesome trust-building moment for the team. We were discussing the look of the exposed steel beams and how they should …

Employment

5 Skills the Most Effective Managers Have

Being a good manager isn't just about knowing the ins and outs of a specific business, or being in the same industry for a certain number of years. There are some innate skills that separate good managers from those who are simply mediocre. If you're vying for a manager position, or looking to do …

What Will Make You an Exceptional Leader, Exactly? It Comes Down to 1 Word

The question comes down to this: Are you courageous enough to pull it off?<p>Poor leadership is everywhere, costing businesses millions of dollars. One of the factors behind it -- a true blind spot for most people in management roles -- is their inability to display this one strength of the most …

2 Great Leadership Insights From a Retired 2-Star General

Sometimes you think you know a lot and have had your own great leadership experiences. Then you talk to a guy like this who's had these experiences.<p>In my line of work, I work with all kinds of leaders. As someone who has been in multiple leadership roles before I started my own consulting practice, …

5 Hacks for Running a Remarkably Effective Meeting

Wasted time in meetings costs companies more than $37 billion each year. Don't let your company be a victim.<p>Leading meetings can be really hard, no matter how good you are at doing your job. You might be fearful that you'll lose people's attention, that what you're presenting isn't compelling, or …

Here's 1 Leadership Trait that Only the Smartest Bosses Will Understand

This is raising the leadership bar high -- very high.<p>Those on the path to good leadership should raise the bar high -- very high. I say this because walking the higher road of integrity with eyes watching your every move in the 8-5 fish bowl can be a very lonely place.<p>But here's the hard truth of …

Netflix's Company Culture Scares Off Some Potential Hires -- and That's a Good Thing

In the eighth episode of 'Masters of Scale,' the Netflix CEO talks to Reid Hoffman about the principles of an effective, deliberate company culture.<p><i>Editor’s Note: In the new podcast</i> <i>Masters of Scale</i><i>, LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman explores his philosophy on how to scale a</i> …

Leadership

Who We Talk About When We Talk About Gentrification

When the topic of gentrification is at hand, recent headlines suggest the stakes of the debate. “Gentrification Isn’t a Benign Process: It Forces …

Forget What You've Heard About Millennials at Work. We All Want the Same Thing

Technology is changing career expectations for every generation.<p>A simple Google search for "What do Millennials want at work?" serves up around 15 million results. Needless to say, there's no shortage of advice on (or critiques of) Generation Y and the many ways organizations should cater to their …

How to Do a SWOT Analysis on Yourself (and Why You Need One)

Everyone has blind spots. Here's a simple way to find yours.<p>One of the most basic lessons you learn in first year business school is the SWOT analysis - strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. And it's a great framework to apply to your business to understand what you do well, what you …

The most important skill every leader needs to succeed, according to a Tour de France team manager

Summer is a nice time to get out and ride a bike and a nice time to sit back and watch the Tour de France.<p>It's also the time of year I get all kinds of questions. <i>How do cycling teams actually work? What does managing a cycling team entail?</i><p>My job, as CEO of a professional cycling team, is a true …

Tour de France