The best leaders communicate from a position of humility, writes Rick Martinez, founder of Life Pivot. That means greeting everyone cordially, regardless of title, and making sure to listen to what others have to say. "While it's important to greet everyone, don't be superficial," Martinez writes.
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.
Staffers can't improve if you don't know why you're unhappy with them, aren't clear in your expectations or don't offer the necessary resources, John R. Stoker writes. Leaders must also examine themselves. "If you repeatedly continue to not get the results that you want, then you need to explore how you contribute to your lack of results," he writes.
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.