Archives for January 2013

Want to manage your stress? Get a promotion

Who's  likely to be more stressed? The CFO pushing to maximize EBITDA before the next board meeting? Or the clerk in accounting, trying to get the proper signature on a weekly travel expense form? Believe it or not, it’s probably the clerk, at least that’s what a study out of Stanford and Harvard suggests. Researchers found that higher-level leaders had less stress than non-leaders or … [Read more...]

Transformational leadership: Key to motivation and performance

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” -- John D. Rockefeller Now there’s a guy who knew what he was talking about. And for anyone interested in this Rockefeller-style approach of raising people up to higher performance, consider putting the words “transformational leadership” on your to-do list. Transformational leadership boosts … [Read more...]

Difficult people: When to take action with personality issues

Difficult people come in all shapes and sizes, and if your workplace is without one, it is the exception. Thankfully, there is lots of good advice available on how to deal with difficult people. Just keep this in mind:  Be sure you are truly facing a difficult person scenario before you assume the burden of fixing things. Here’s a good way to decide when a situation needs a manager's … [Read more...]

Do you have the business literacy you need to be a good manager?

If you have a grasp of the nuts and bolts of business, you’re well ahead of most of your peers. Here's why: Asked to take a basic business literacy exam by the Harvard Business School, 300 managers scored an average of only 38%. Want to give it a go?  Here are three sample questions from the test with answers below. 1. You should be pleased about your company’s financial results if: a. … [Read more...]

How coaching as a leadership style boosts morale

Coaching is a leadership style that develops people by offering hands-on advice to problem solving. If this style were summed up in a phrase, it would be “Try this.” The coaching style works best when the leader wants to help staff build lasting personal and professional strengths that make them more successful overall. It is least effective when teammates are defiant and unwilling to change … [Read more...]

Pacesetter leadership: Do as I do, and do it now

If you like to get down in the trenches and get your hands dirty showing people how stuff really gets done, then the pacesetter leadership style can offer you some advantages -- and some disadvantages. According to, the phrase that best describes the operating mode of the pacesetting leader is "Do as I do, and do it now." That's because this style involves a drive to achieve … [Read more...]

IQuiz: Leadership Trivia No. 2 – Quotes by Famous Women

Have some fun and learn something, too. Test your knowledge. Take ManageElite's Leadership Trivia Quiz. This one features famous quotes from famous women leaders. See how well you do. … [Read more...]

Authoritarian leadership: Getting results by yelling and screaming

Ever wonder what would happen if you tried to lead like a pro football coach, yelling and screaming and stomping around? There's a name for this.  It's called the authoritarian leadership style, and while it has it's shortcomings, it also has a long history of success. Think banana republic. Authoritarian leaders, also known as autocratic, provide clear expectations for what needs to be … [Read more...]

Leadership quotes from Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

The passing of Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, is a good time to reflect on the qualities of leadership that made Schwarzkopf so successful. He was little known to the general public before Kuwait, when he planned and led one of the most lopsided victories in modern military history. But the … [Read more...]

Why new managers must find their management style early

Finding your own style comes with the territory for first-time managers. And what many new managers struggle to realize is that finding your own style is really about knowing yourself first … and then paying very close attention to how others perceive you. Those aren’t the same things, as Levo League co-founder Amanda Pouchot learned the hard way when she took charge at the ripe age of … [Read more...]