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12 Podcasts That Will Make You a Better Leader

Podcasts continue to grow in popularity as a convenient way to stay on top of all kinds of topics. As a result, the field is becoming steadily more crowded--a recent check of iTunes showed more than 100 podcasts with the word leadership in their title. Some are focused on special interests like sales, religion, or the issues faced by women in leadership--but there are some that stand out from the rest.

10 steps to becoming a horrible IT boss

The art of management isn’t so much about assembling a dream team, helping others be successful, or solving technical problems. It’s about aligning everything you do in service of the business—the business of yourself.]  If you’re new to IT management, here’s an infallible guide to breaking bad—all the way to the top.

The Most Effective Way to Keep Star Employees From Leaving

What you'll find in the "Best Workplaces" is a lot of freedom to make decisions, great communication across the organization, and a culture in which you never stop growing as human beings.

25 Things That Are Part Of Your Brand -- Whether You Like It Or Not

There is much more to your personal brand than just the words you choose to describe your profession.

Building Trust Between Your Employees and Freelancers

Organizations need to consistently build trust between internal employees and the contractors with whom they are expected to work.

How to Get on the Shortlist for the C-Suite

The management literature is overflowing with advice on becoming the boss. Yet the path narrows significantly as executives ascend closer to the top slots. Having played a role in many C-suite successions, I’ve found there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. All organizations are different and every executive brings unique strengths and experience. That said, I’ve identified a few fundamentals that top the list.

The 5 Skills That Innovative Leaders Have in Common

XBInsight has collected competency data on nearly 5,000 leaders across a wide range of industries. Analyses were done to identify the competencies that innovative leaders share. The top five competencies found in our research are outlined, including their corresponding behaviors. Every CEO should be cultivating these behaviors to maximize innovative thinking.

How to Build Great Relationships with Mentors and Advisors

Effective relationships with mentors, advisors, and directors are based upon four main areas of concern and agreement between the parties; the Relationship, Value, Time Horizon, and Compensation.

9 Simple Ways You Can Make Your Employees Happy

Most leaders agree that employee attitude is a key factor in an organization's success. Whether your employees are fulfilled and motivated or frustrated and disengaged is largely up to you.

To keep employees fulfilled, productive, and engaged--and reduce the expense and disruption of turnover--make sure you're incorporating these nine principles into your leadership every day.

The Most Powerful Leadership Tool You Have: Your Own Example

If you’re careless in your relationships and interactions with people, your example isn’t going to be one that anyone wants to imitate. Instead, leading by example requires you to be self-aware and work toward setting an example that your team members (and even your peers or competitors) are excited to follow.

Your own example is the most powerful leadership tool you have. If you want to strengthen that tool, here are five things you can do: Show your employees that you get (and care about) what they do for the company; eliminate the barriers that come up between senior leaders and company employees; forget your insecurities; challenge yourself and those around you to become better; take on seemingly impossible challenges to encourage your team to try new things and achieve big goals.