Roadmap for leaders: Research reveals what employees want most in uncertain times

As the pandemic fades into the rear-view mirror, the lessons learned provide a roadmap toward effective leadership in tough times. Building trust with employees is vital, displaying vulnerability can be useful and providing inspiration is key.

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6 principles of a successful leader

To sell ideas effectively to employees, you must first establish a track record of trustworthiness and competence. Here are six traits that will help you establish that leadership base.

How to nurture high-potential employees

High-potential employees, or HIPOs, typically stand out among their peers based on superior performance. They often master their roles and responsibilities early in their tenure and look for additional opportunities to excel. Proactive companies try to make the most of their highest-performing talent, and building a HIPO (AKA fast track) program often makes sense.

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Each year that the digital lifestyle engulfs us all, the power of a simple handwritten note grows. Just as getting a real greeting card in the mail dwarfs even the snazziest animated e-card, handing off a note of thanks, encouragement or motivation written in your own hand is a gesture that gets noticed and remembered. If your staff doesn't know your lettering by sight, it might mean your communications with them could use a personal touch.

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Q. I’m in the process of gaining U.S. citizenship. When I applied for a job recently, the employer asked me to produce documents proving I was legally able to work. I provided my driver’s license and Social Security card, but then he asked for a “green card,” which I do not have. Is this legal?

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