CEOs benefit from executive teams that keep the big picture in mind as data are presented and look beyond day-to-day operations, writes veteran CEO Joel Trammell. "[I]f you're not clear about what you need, not even the CEO will be able to help effectively," Trammell writes.
Small Business Administration chief Maria Contreras-Sweet says she's inspired by her mother, an immigrant who raised six children while working at a poultry processing plant. Contreras-Sweet's mother had confidence and raised her children to have the same sense of self-worth. "I think that's important to instill in our young girls -- that we matter, we deserve to be heard and we deserve to be treated equally," she says.
Leaders need to give their workers the space to succeed, but that doesn't mean taking a hands-off approach, writes Jennifer V. Miller. "The best leaders are still connected to those they lead, offering coaching, support and mentorship when needed," she explains.
Good leaders know the power of teamwork, and make it their job to build a culture that fosters team spirit, writes Don Mathis. That starts with hiring and training and ends with letting them proceed. "Trust your team, allow for broad agency and decision-making, encourage risk taking, and then stand back and let the team do their jobs," Mathis advises.
Companies need more common sense, writes Shannon Alter. A lack of basic judgment can sink even the most technologically capable companies and is a turn-off for customers. "We all want to hire employees who have technical skills, confidence and leadership qualities. But we also need team members who have what your mom likely called good old common sense," Alter writes.