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.
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.
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.
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.