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.
The best public speakers practice regularly and are well-versed in their subject areas, writes Siddhartha Sharma. One way to develop your skills: Get a mirror and spend time each day speaking to your reflection. "Public speaking is a learnable skill and anybody can master this skill if they decide to," Sharma 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.
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.