Five Tips to Give Leaders a Jump on the New Year

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No. 1: Listen. "Leaders do well to listen a lot more than they talk," says McLeod. "The only way to learn about their team, the work of the organization, and how things get done is to listen. Rather than spending time writing great rallying speeches filled with jargon, they should keep their comments brief and ask questions to solicit feedback."

Common knowledge in the business world is that the rate of failure among new leaders in the first 18 months ranges from 38 percent to more than 50 percent. This statistic motivates leadership experts Lisa Kohn and Robyn McLeod to share the following five tips for new leaders on how to create success in 2014.


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