The Key Fundamentals of Situational Leadership: How to Apply Them in the Workplace and Why It Matters

Leading a team of firefighters to battle an out-of-control forest fire is far different from leading a team of medical transcriptionists whose job involves transcribing physicians’ notes and patient instructions. Even the most capable leader from one of these settings would not be able to successfully lead in the other setting. The skills required would… Read more »

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9 Leadership Styles – When to Use Each to Maximize the Impact on Employee and Organizational Performance

Managers and supervisors are leaders who play an important role in organizations of all kinds and sizes. They are the individuals responsible for providing direction, support, feedback, and encouragement to get the work of a department or division, successfully and productively accomplished. To do this, leaders need to have a variety of leadership skills to… Read more »

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Inspire Employees to Go Above and Beyond with Transformational Leadership

At its most basic level, leadership is all about getting people (followers) to move in the direction you indicate in pursuit of shared goals and objectives. That seems pretty straightforward but it is anything but! At its most advanced level, leadership is all about being transformational.  Transformational leadership is designed to motivate and inspire employees… Read more »

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What Is a First-Line Manager, Why Is Their Role Critical, and How Can You Help Them Elevate Their Skills?

  First-line managers have a critical role in helping companies effectively meet organizational goals and objectives.  They are the individuals on the ground who have the strongest relationship with employees. They’re also the ones responsible for overseeing employees who get the work done.  Their role is a critical one. If they are not effective, they… Read more »

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Span of Control: How Many Direct Reports Should a Manager Have and Why?

Managers and supervisors are responsible for overseeing employees. The employees they oversee are their direct reports. The greater the number of direct reports they have the broader their span of control becomes. Having more direct reports is not necessarily better.  When it comes to span of control there is a “sweet spot” that represents the… Read more »

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7 Essential Communication Skills Every Manager Must Master

Of all of the skills and competencies that supervisors and managers must have to be effective, communication skills are arguably the most critical. Communication skills apply to a broad range of managers’ responsibilities—from providing direction, to offering feedback, to coaching, counseling, disciplining, resolving conflicts, and more.  In today’s hybrid work environment where many managers are… Read more »

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5 Strategies to Develop Strong Leaders and Drive Higher Than Expected Team Performance

Companies that want to succeed in any industry, regardless of size, need to have effective leaders who can successfully coach and counsel their employees to be engaged and productive. They know this and yet many companies struggle to provide their current and emerging leaders with the training support they need. Not all leaders are created… Read more »

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11 Vital Leadership Training Topics that Turn Managers and Supervisors into High-Performing Leaders that Boost Team Performance

We live in a world that is continually, and rapidly, changing, fueled by expanding global competition, new technology, emerging customer demands, and, most recently, a global pandemic.  Especially in the uncertain environment that has existed since the pandemic emerged, there are a wide range of leadership training topics that can help boost the effectiveness of… Read more »

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Leadership Team Development — Boosting Results for Frontline to Executive Leaders

Supervisors and managers are often promoted based on their technical skills and job performance, not their leadership capabilities or potential.  If they’re not trained properly in both the hard and soft skills of effective leadership, they are likely to fail, bringing team member performance down with them and negatively impacting the company’s bottom line. Poor… Read more »

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