What can you do to effectively set the bar higher when it comes to personal and professional development? Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
- Create both a personal and business vision. – A wealth of knowledge is our fingertips and we could immerse ourselves in a number of various studies in order to improve. You must choose to study the topics that will enable you to achieve your vision. That’s going to be difficult if you don’t have one.
- Be a goal setter/achiever. – Based on your vision, create a strategy to accomplish it. Once you have a strategy, break that down into bite sized pieces. These are the goals you set for yourself or your team that propel you forward. I know you’ve heard this before. But be honest – are you setting goals and working every day to accomplish them?
- Practice excellent time management. – Again, this is not a new idea. Despite the fact that every person reading this blog has heard or been taught about time management, time management experts tell us that only around 10% of us actually practice it. An excellent resource to help you work on both your goals and time management is Brian Tracy’s book, “GOALS! How to Get Everything You Want – Faster than You Ever Thought Possible.”
- Discover your strengths and the strengths of those with whom you work. – The Pareto principle poses that 20% of our effort leads to 80% of our results. One of the reasons this is true is because we waste 80% of our time, energy and other resources doing things we are not truly equipped to do. To immediately increase your productivity, discover your strengths and passions and invest more of your time doing those things you enjoy doing and are good at. Delegate the tasks (if you can) that do not fall within your area of expertise. By discovering the strengths of your team members, you can assign those tasks to your team members who have the strengths and passion to accomplish them. This increases not only your productivity, but theirs and the entire team. An excellent resource for this point is Tom Rath’s “StrengthFinder 2.0.”
- Recruit a Coach. – We all perform better when there is someone in our lives who is holding our feet to the fire, encouraging us to stretch beyond our comfort zone. Check out this short video which features 2 highly successful individuals speaking on the topic of having a coach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLF90uwII1k
Obviously there are many, many more things you can do if you are seeking to improve your leadership skills. These would be a great start for someone who is either just beginning their leadership journey or sees a need to tune up their management abilities. Feel free to contact me at chris@mahan9group if you’d like to investigate ways the Mahan 9 Group can assist you in your quest to be an excellent leader.