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If You Read These 9 Books on Leadership, You Probably Don't Need a Mentor

While no aspiring leader's bookshelf is complete without a copy of Sheryl Sandberg's <i>Lean In</i>, there are literally hundreds of other books on the topic …

Performance Reviews Are Dead. Here's What You Should Do Instead

The dreaded annual performance review is a relic of the industrial age. To manage people in times of fast change you need to do this.<p>Anyone who has had the privilege to lead has also had the responsibility of the dreaded annual performance review.<p>We've all been through them, but I've yet to meet …

5 Rare Habits of Managers Everyone Would Die to Work For

It all starts with their ability to listen actively to your needs.<p>Does the thought of working for the boss from hell frighten you? Perhaps you've already met that dismal fate and are considering a change. Or maybe you <i>made</i> the change and have sworn off bad bosses forever.<p>Good move. Now where do you …

8 Quotes on Motivation, Hard Work and More from Basketball Legend Michael Jordan

Check out these inspirational 'Air Jordan' quotes.<p>One of the most famous basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan, is recognized for his achievements both on and off the court. As an athlete, Jordan -- also known as "Air Jordan" thanks to his slam dunking capabilities -- played on both the …

Michael Jordan

11 Places to Learn Leadership Skills That Will Make You a More Confident Leader Without Costing You a Dime

A high-quality education doesn't have to be expensive thanks to these resources<p>Most people fall into two camps: natural born leaders and the rest of us.<p>While some people were gifted with the charisma and confidence required to make leading others a breeze, everyone else has to cultivate these …

Leadership Out of Nothing - Soul To Work

Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub;<br>It is the center hole that makes it useful.<br>Shape clay into a vessel;<br>It is the space within that makes it …

10 Success lessons from Jack Ma – “Wealthiest Man in Asia” for entrepreneurs

Share54<p>Tweet<p>Share38<p>+11<p>Shares 93<p>Jack Ma, a short, lean man in his early fifties who came across a computer when he was 31, went on to build the most …

Why Adaptive Leadership is the Only Way to Get Results

Work environments and situations are dynamic. The workload, team members, customers and resources are constantly changing, so your leadership and management style must adapt accordingly.<p>Leadership and management are two different animals. Management is about coping with complexity, managing people …

These 5 TED Talks Will Inspire You to Be a Better Leader

Need some inspiration to up your leadership game? These thought-provoking TED Talks should do the trick.<p>Leadership. It's a simple concept -- but, not such an easy skill to master. In fact, being an effective and inspiring leader requires some serious thought, consideration, and (believe it or not) …

Want Your Company's Story to Shine? Focus on the B.A.S.I.C.S.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Regardless of your industry there comes a time when every business must answer a very important question.<p>“What is our story?”<p>At the company I work for, Porch.com, storytelling in an important part of our business. We are passionate about …

Marketing

7 Easy Steps for Encouraging Employees to Take Initiative

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Taking initiative is essentially assuming the risk of a possible failure. When doing so, you put yourself out there and things don’t always go as planned. But the alternative is choosing to be inactive.<p>If you're a leader, it's vital that …

Leadership

7 Skills All Digital Marketers Need to Succeed (Infographic)

If your digital marketing team isn't adding these new skills, chances are your business will soon be playing catch up.<p>In the near future, marketing teams will require a broad selection of new digital skills to stay competitive.<p>Technical skills such as basic coding and video production, for example, …

5 Presentation Tips From the World Champion of Public Speaking

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Public speaking can be terrifying for many people simply because they're not accustomed to having a room full of people paying attention to their every word and action. There are also plenty of people brimming with self-confidence who, due to a lack …

Public Speaking

10 Steps to Quality CEO Decision-Making

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Quality and speedy decisions elevate the productivity of an organization. CEOs must not only make good judgments themselves, but also grow the decision-making abilities of his or her team, facilitate decisions that support the corporate …

Management

5 Unusual Ways to Start Working Smarter, Not Harder

This story originally appeared on Buffer<p>One of the things I love about the culture at Buffer is the emphasis on working smarter, not harder. Our team is all about getting plenty of sleep, exercise and recreation time so that our time spent working is as productive as it can be.<p>Working harder can be …

Productivity

5 Secrets to Keeping Your Business Alive and Thriving

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It takes more than capital, charisma and good looks to stay in business today. With new startups emerging every minute, staying up to date amidst the countless other challenges can be daunting. Tack onto that the probability of business …

Entrepreneurship

How 7 Successful Entrepreneurs Find Focus

Whether you’re managing a company or just your daily life, these successful entrepreneurs have great advice for cutting through the chaos.<p>It happens every day. Wherever you go, anything you look at, every noise you hear is another piece of information fighting for your attention. How do you block …

What It Takes to Be a Great CEO

Make sure to expand your leadership skills as your startup expands.<p>If you're running a startup, how do you know if you have what it takes to be great? The answer is complicated, because startups go through fundamental changes as they grow. For example, the skills of a great CEO at Stage I, when a …

6 CEO Productivity Tips to Steal for Yourself

Everyone knows that leading a company is one of the toughest gigs around. Whether running a small business or a multi-national corporation, CEOs have …

Simon Sinek on Why Great Leaders 'Eat Last'

This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes<p>The next guest on The School of Greatness has been studying leadership and what it takes to make the impossible a reality for years. He has worked with top level CEOs, military leaders and everything in between to understand what separates organizations …

Leadership