How to Be a Great Leader â€” 5 Insights From Research | TIME
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- Studies have shownÂ the traits that correlated most powerfully with CEO successÂ as well asÂ the most common failures of bad leaders. Avoid extremes ofÂ assertiveness or passivity. The best leaders are supportive, not controlling,even in the military. Find a balance betweenÂ tough and nice. Your leadership styleÂ must adapt to the environment around you.
- Understand whatÂ thingsÂ reallyÂ motivate people. (No,Â not money.) Whatâ€™s the #1 motivator?Â Progress. DefinitelyÂ progress. Want your employees to perform better? It can be as easy asÂ believing they are smarter than averageÂ andÂ having high expectations. (Expecting people to be selfishÂ can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.) Money and feedbackÂ work best as incentives when combined with acknowledgement of an employeeâ€™s accomplishments. You can give a quick boost to employee motvation byreminding people why their job is important. When all else fails, yes,nagging works.