Traits of a successful leader

Becoming an effective leader requires entrepreneurs and upper management to develop a specific set of skills. These key skills include the ability to value people, lead by example, display a strong character and understand the company's missions and values. Valuing people It's important to view people working underneath you as just that – people, not

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The difference between a leader and a boss

There is a difference between being a boss and a good leader. An effective leader inspires those underneath him or her, driving meaningful change throughout  a company because employees want to do their best. A boss simply tells people what to do. This is an important difference to understand, leadership counselor Ritch Eich tells Business

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There is always time to develop leadership skills

For business owners and other management figures, time is one resource they frequently don't have enough of. However, that is no excuse for not developing the proper leadership skills, Logistics Viewpoints asserts. A recent report from The Wall Street Journal highlights the time constraints faced by most executives – one sample of managers spent 18

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Creating a good leader in a bad recession

Leadership has grown especially important given economic conditions. Strong leaders can help bring out the best in their workers, even without the ability to provide financial benefits or other forms of compensation or perks. “The best companies for developing leaders recognize the value of strong leadership in both the good times and the bad,” John

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Three characteristics of an effective leader

If the economic recession has taught entrepreneurs anything, it's the value of strong leadership. It takes a commanding presence to drive company growth at time of incessant pessimism and negativity, making the development of leaders through continuous improvement a pivotal task in many businesses. So what makes a strong leader? There are a number of

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Effective leaders start first by knowing themselves

The Chinese scholar Laozi once said something to the effect of “knowing others is intelligence, knowing yourself is true wisdom.” That saying holds a lot of truth when it comes to the continuous improvement of business leaders and management – efficiency doesn't come from being able to boss around employees but by truly knowing your

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The essential skills of any continuous improvement supervisor

Managers, executives and other decision-makers have to wear a number of hats. While their responsibilities shift according to job, industry and personal style, the ability to identify inefficiencies and implement effective solutions is always a top priority. In fact, IndustryWeek contributor Jill Jusko, argues that the ability to leverage Kaizen and other continuous improvement efforts

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