Conference calls don't always need to happen or include everyone, and a good call may not take the full allotted time, Karin Hurt writes. And don't hold calls for no reason, she warns: "Meetings are meant for two things, to move results forward or to build relationships. Be clear on your objectives."
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.
Benjamin Franklin, Marcel Proust and Ludwig van Beethoven had different careers and habits to get them in a creative mood, but each found what worked to stir insight and productivity. Oliver Burkeman distills six broad lessons from these and other thinkers but warns that there's no substitute for "immeasurable talent and extremely hard work."
A good leader is a creator and not just a critic, Mike Figliuolo writes. This means not stopping simply with your opinion. "Give people the coaching, feedback, and resources to improve their average pieces of junk," he writes. "Identify opportunities to connect ideas and people so they can build something greater. Be part of the solution rather than simply pointing out the problem."
Too many leaders focus solely on communicating the performance results they desire, when they should also express how they expect employees to behave while achieving these results, Chris Edmonds writes. When leaders emphasize only results, research shows that employees become less motivated when they aren't being monitored, and office power struggles become more common, Edmonds writes.