Those in management positions are always looking for ways to improve their leadership, to inspire and energize their employees to give the best performance. Here are a few tips backed by research to help those in leadership posts improve their effectiveness.
1. Focus on your to-do list
Concentrate on getting some of your most important tasks done in the morning when you are fresher and have more energy. Try to get at least three tasks accomplished before lunch.
Break longer projects up into smaller parts. Do the longer parts first, so that the parts become progressively shorter and easier as you go. Do tasks that are alike at the same time to be more efficient.
2. Act as if
Our minds and our imaginations can be our own worst enemy. If we make a mistake, we can imagine we are a failure, or if we make a social misstep, we blow that up into thinking we are a social misfit.
To help combat this, adopt an as-if mindset. In other words, act as if you are the way you want to be or the way you want things to be. Act as if you are a whiz at your job and that everyone likes you. This will help calm your imagination.
3. Focus on what is important, rather than on getting the most done
Determine what tasks are most important to you, those that add the most value, and spend your time on those, rather than focusing on how many tasks you can get done.
4. Take time to reflect
Research has shown that this is not just a nice thing to do – it is crucial. You need to take time daily to think about how things are going. You need to think about what you did and did not do, and how you could have done things better. You need to think about how you interacted with other people and how you can improve on that.
Think about how you would do things differently if you were to start all over again.
5. Focus on constant improvement
Don’t excuse your character flaws by saying that is just the way you are. If you have weaknesses, work on improving them.
6. Be a complete leader
Some people question whether it is better to be the type of leader who is analytical and systematic, a person who focuses on the rational side of his personality, who prizes critical thinking, or whether it is better to be a person who is more people-oriented, one who shows empathy for others, and focuses on communication.
The ideal leader, actually, is both. And if you are a manager, you should strive to develop both kinds of skills.
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