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If you are seeking to become a high impact, exceptional leader and manager of people, it is important to understand what leadership actually is and the elements of a superior leadership strategy. All of these articles and videos can get you on your way to tapping the wealth of innovation, creativity, motivation and commitment that exists naturally in every person.

When Managing People, What is the Goal?

Before deciding what you are going to do or how you are going to do it, you need to decide where to go, right? As leaders in the workplace, we set goals....more

What Is Leadership Exactly?

Surely "leadership" can be defined many ways, but what is the correct definition for you to be a highly effective leader in the workplace? It is important to know, as the optimal definition of leadership shapes all that you do.  Find out more here.

How to Create Engaged Employees

Employee Engagement is a largely misunderstood concept and one that management often undertakes through “programs” initiated in the workplace when what is really needed is the right environment. Watch the video and read the transcript to discover what to do. 

Good Leadership vs. Bad Leadership

What does good leadership look like? What does bad leadership look like? Find out, along with what you can do to be a good (or great) leader in the workplace.

Leadership vs. Managing People

The question really is: How should we manage people and do we have a choice? As managers, bosses, executives, we actually do not have a choice. Find out why in this is excerpt from Ben Simonton's book, Leading People to be Highly Motivated and Committed.

Are People Really Our Most Important Asset?

You better believe they are. It is simply that most managers don't take advantage of the inherent capabilities of their people.

The Problem In Today's Workplace Might Be Your Management Style

Did you know that 70% of employees surveyed in 2011 were not engaged or were actively disengaged from their work? This is an issue that every manager and executive should understand... more.

HOW-TO: Leadership Skills + Tools To Develop

The Five Star Employee 

A construct to use, answering the question: “We are managing people to be what exactly?” Find out from Ben and Kimberly in this video.

Your Most Important Leadership Skill: Listening 

Listening is one of the most important leadership skills to develop, if not the most, when managing people. Find out why and how in this video and walk away with immediate steps to take.

How to Listen to Drive Team Performance Way Up 

If listening is your most important leadership skill, how do you do it most effectively to have the greatest impact on improving the performance of the people you manage? Find out in this video.

Don't Be A Hipshooter

As a follow-up to How to Listen, Ben explains why you don't want to be so quick to give answers as the person in charge. Find out more in this 1-Minute with Ben segment.

A Story About the Power of Listening

This story relates an actual experience I had which demonstrates how to listen to employees correctly and how effective it is.

Don’t Shoot the Messenger

A procedure for listening to the bearer of bad news and how to not shoot the messenger taken from Ben Simonton's book, Leading People to be Highly Motivated and Committed.

Why Employees Are Not Highly Motivated and Committed

Discover the reasons why most employees are demotivated and get an
understanding of what can be done to turn around such a situation.

How Managers Create Low Morale In Their Employees

A What Not To Do: Even though no manager wants to create low morale, most do exactly that because of how they manage people.

Articles About Leadership Skills and Techniques by Others

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“With my management team, we proved that it was possible to raise productivity by 300% per person. Some experts believe that number can be 500%! So the gains are substantial, if you and your subordinate managers switch from a top-down style of management to what I call Autonomy and Support. Let us show you how!”

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