You’re the leader.
That means you choose the music that everyone dances to. You need to be out in front and leading, providing direction and ideas that excite and motivate followers. Here are my four best tips on setting priorities at the top.
- Be focused on what needs to be done in the future. Don’t set priorities that will bog you down in the past.
- Look to seize opportunities rather than fix problems.
- Concentrate on accomplishing something challenging; something that will make a difference.
- Limit your priorities to a small number. You’ll end-up getting much farther.
Copyright 2018 Bob Legge
I am a trusted advisor to leaders of Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. My work helps leaders drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value.
If you want to dramatically improve your leadership effectiveness, and free-up more time for yourself and your family, give me a call.
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Here are three suggestions to significantly reduce demands on your time:
- Attract, develop, and retain really good people who report to you. This is very highest priority because direct reports who do not perform well cause you to have to step in and work at their level. When you do that, you are also underperforming. Get great people so you can add the highest value.
- Formulate and articulate a very clear mission or purpose. A mission forces you and your organization to focus on what is important. Say no to things that may be attractive, but aren’t aligned with your purpose.
- Leaders are under tremendous pressure to do way too many things. It’s a mistake to try to do 20 different things. Instead, choose 1-2 priorities each day and say no to everything else. Move the 1-2 things ahead a mile instead of moving 20 things forward an inch.
Copyright 2018 Bob Legge
I provide leaders with the ability to exceed their most ambitious goals. I advise and consult with leaders to increase their effectiveness and improve work/life balance. Together, we drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce sustainable growth and value.
If you want to seize new opportunities, dramatically improve your leadership effectiveness, and free-up more time for your priorities, contact me. Together, we’ll explore ways to work together.