The ideal company runs like a well-oiled machine. Business owners know that even the largest and most successful companies are only as strong as their weakest team. In order for even the most talented team to successfully meet deadlines, produce quality work and thrive in their field, they need a great leader at the helm.
What makes a great leader? A great leader is a great communicator and a great motivator. A great leader is someone who is organized but can create new strategies and methodologies when necessary. Most of all, a great leader knows the strengths and weaknesses of the team and can utilize them both to the advantage of the company.
For the best lessons in leadership, one must simply look to the stars. The space captains of modern pop culture are the very embodiment of what it means to be a great leader. Although these leaders are fictional, the examples they set are ones that even the most successful leaders can learn a thing or two from. This infographic showcases 9 of the greatest intergalactic leaders and a real world lesson that can be learned from them.
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The 5 Employment Laws Every Manager Must Know
Employment law is complicated and can have big repercussions for your company if employees fail to adhere to it — either out of ignorance or neglect. A talent contractor for Comcast was just forced to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit over unpaid overtime — a violation of employment law. While you can't expect everyone at your company to be experts in the law (that's why you should have an attorney on retainer), your managers should be trained on the basics. Otherwise, you make your company susceptible to lawsuits.
10 ways to conduct one-on-one meetings with impact
One of the basic premises of being an effective leader is to have regular one-on-one meetings with your staff. Yet often, these meetings feel like torture to the employee, lacking forethought and focus. In such cases, leaders need to recognize that the value of these interactions extends beyond mere formality. To make these one-on-ones effective, leaders should prepare for each meeting, set clear agendas and actively listen to their employees' concerns and feedback.