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 »


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 »


Characteristics of a Bad Leader That Can Harm Your Organization and What to Do About Them

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Bad leaders can damage even the best organization. But what makes a leader “bad”? In many cases, it’s simply a factor of great employees being promoted into leadership positions without the background or experience required to help them excel in those positions. That’s a common situation facing many organizations. Unfortunately, while it’s good to promote… Read more »


7 Essential Communication Skills for Thriving in Leadership

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Leadership is all about communication. Leaders are literally the conduit with and between people. They are responsible for working with and through their team members to accomplish tasks that will help the organization achieve its objectives.  In the process, they are also communicating with and facilitating communications between, team members and other departments, customers, vendors,… Read more »


Developing Leaders by Focusing on the Right Skills and Providing Training That Sticks

Leadership is foundational to building a successful company. After all, companies of all kinds rely on people to get the work done, to serve customers, and to drive productivity and success. Those people need strong leaders to provide them with goals, direction, feedback, coaching, and hold them accountable. Unfortunately, too often leadership skills are taken… Read more »


The Most Effective Leadership Skills of Great Leaders and How to Develop Them

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Organizations of any type or size need to have effective leaders. Even individual contributors in small organizations need to exhibit strong leadership skills. As organizations grow, of course, leadership skills become increasingly important.  Leaders play a critical role in ensuring that their teams have the tools, resources, and support to get their jobs done and… Read more »


11 Signs of Ineffective Leadership in Your Organization and How to Fix Them

Most organizations have leaders. Unfortunately, many don’t have effective leaders. The vast majority of leaders aren’t trained to be leaders! Even those who may have pursued a business degree were likely overwhelmed by theory, not practical advice and opportunities for application.  Unfortunately, in many job settings, skilled individual contributors tend to be promoted into leadership… Read more »


The Top 5 Fundamental Qualities of a Good Supervisor

It’s long been said that the greatest impact on an employee’s decision to stay with or leave, an organization is dependent on who they report to. Good supervisor qualities are a “must-have” for any organization.  Unfortunately, all too often organizations promote employees who have been strong individual contributors without thoroughly assessing whether they have good… Read more »