Trust. In order to stay close to the action without suffocating employees, the leader must trust the teams he puts together – and trust him or herself as well to have put the right teams together.
Encourage managers to “show-and-tell” in order to spread best practices across departments and divisions.
Allow your lieutenants to make important decisions concerning their departments, and equip them with the tools to do so.
Holding individuals accountable for their actions is critical, but leaders must also equip their team members with the skills, resources, and authority to take action.
Even if your company or departments are comprised of seemingly unrelated separate businesses or functions, holding everyone to the same high standard will be critical to bringing the separate parts together.
When employee responsibilities are highly interdependent, daily check-ins are critical. Not only do they allow a manager to organize the team’s work, but they also provide a regular opportunity to ensure that employees feel connected to their colleagues.
Few executives assume new responsibility without taking opportunities to establish their own teams. To prevent demoralization, empower the existing managers with the opportunity to turn things around – and redeem themselves in the process.
No matter what the size of your organization, create formal opportunities for employees to learn together and share best practices.
Know when to compromise especially in today’s global marketplace where it is important not only to come to the right decision, but also to communicate the importance of collaboration.
By encouraging employees to get to know one another as people – not just as supervisors or coworkers – a leader can transform an organization into a vibrant, collaborative workplace where people don’t mind meeting to share ideas or brainstorm new products.
Far too often executives think good management means being easy on their teams. In fact, the opposite is true. Not only will overly lenient attitudes allow employees to become complacent, but the top performers will at best be demoralized and at worst leave the company.

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