Leadership Slideshow: Hotshots at Work: How to Take Command

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-28-2010

Hotshots at Work: How to Take Command

15 percent is approximately how much of the gap between good and bad organizational performance that bosses contribute to, research shows.

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50 percent is roughly how much of the credit or blame is attributed to bosses.

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A good manager is self-absorbed But for the right reasons: He or she knows that the success of their people and organization depends upon their leadership.

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Seven ways to assert your leadership presence 1. Know when to speak and when to "zip it" during meetings.You need to talk more than others to demonstrate command of the room. But, if you cut others off and/or talk the whole time, you're perceived as a bully and/or a bore.

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Seven ways to assert your leadership presence2. Don't dither.Indecision, delay and waffling are traits of bad bosses who "lose the room" quickly.

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Seven ways to assert your leadership presence3. Express confidence even when you have doubts.Andy Grove of Intel said it best: "Decisions ... don't wait for that picture to be clarified. You have to make them when you have to make them."

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Seven ways to assert your leadership presence4. Pick and choose your moments for anger.Anger can send an effective message to your workforce - but only if used sparingly and for good reason.

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Seven ways to assert your leadership presence5. If you're trying to decide whether to sit or stand, then stand.It signals that you're in charge and encourages others to accept your authority.

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Seven ways to assert your leadership presence6. Surrender some power or status.But when you do, make sure your people know that you did so freely. It demonstrates that you're both powerful and benevolent.

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Seven ways to assert your leadership presence7. Take responsibility for mistakes.Your IT staff will respect you for it, and work harder for you as a result.

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The best bosses make employees feel as if it's safe to learn, act and take intelligent risks.you will shield them from unnecessary distractions and "external idiocy" you generally "have their back"

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