Leadership – How Are You Spending Your Time?

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It is very easy to account for our money but it is equally as difficult to account of our time.

It is the most important and significant issue for the leaders where and how they are spending their time. Because if the leaders stop their learning they will start to loose their leadership capability as well.

As we all know time is the greatest and most limited asset of our life.

Our success depends on our investment of our time. So if you are a leader then ask your self how much time you are spending a day for the development purpose. Is it good enough for you? Is it taking you to the point of your ultimate goal? As leader, it is very important for you to be able to manage your time with great efficiency. Leaders are expected to spend a fair amount of time in leaning new techniques and methods to stay current.

Don’t be a leader who’s always trying hard to get others to think highly of you.  If you want to prove yourself an effective leader, you should inspire others (your team members) to think highly of themselves. In this way, you can boost their morale and get more done than you expect. And you should focus most part of your time on enhancing your skills by always being on the frontline and acquire hands-on experience.

Few things you might notice all of a sudden relevant to your time management are as follows. Let’s have a look.

You might suddenly discover that your time management has not been up to the mark and your skill of leadership is decreasing instead of increasing. It is working like a leaked water pipe and you can’t find where the leakage is.

You might thrash about completing your work and you have not been able to deliver your assignment in due time or you are finding yourself in last minute rush in submitting your work because you are not managing your time properly.

You might find that you are doing overtime on a regular basis to complete the previous work because you let the job remain pending earlier.

All these things happen because leaders get overconfident sometimes and they take things for granted. As a result of that sometimes they overlook some of the essential things like time management.

Another negative outcome of mismanagement of time is that the leaders loose their leadership skill gradually. Because they do not get enough time to develop their learning any more.

If you are facing situations like these you should make the necessary changes before it is too late. You have to remember these kinds of leadership issues have  not been created in a day and you can not rectify it in a day. You have to proceed gradually. Maintain the consistent and regular progress process.

On the other hand, doing time analysis is a very profitable thing. You can have several positive outcomes from this practice like you might suddenly realize that you are spending more time in your development criteria and it is bringing more positive result to your skill of leading others.

Doing time analysis enables you to become conscious about finding the cost effective ways to execute plans and doing other things.  Try to keep track of your daily tasks for a week.  Then group them and take out any that are not really necessary to improving your business and leadership skills.

Through this practice you can add significant value to your business and to its members without putting too much pressure on yourself.

How are you spending your time as a leader? Do you think you are making the best use of time to grow yourself more and more?

4 thoughts on “Leadership – How Are You Spending Your Time?

  1. Hi Patty,

    Time management is something we all struggle with. The higher we climb on the leadership ladder the busier we become. It is very important to stay FOCUSED and keep track of our daily “to do” list. Weed out the less important tasks and prioritize tasks in order of importance.

    And yes, I agree with you that continuous learning and self-improvement is paramount in order to lead your flock to success. A leader should always be at least one to two steps ahead of his followers.

    Ilka

  2. Sounds like you have a good idea about leadership Ilka 🙂 One of the things I like to do is teach the folks directly under me to become leaders so that frees up some of my time to learn more and pass that info on to others. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with me Ilka 🙂

  3. Patty, excellent read – thanks.

    I started objectively assessing my time management a while back and realized I was lying to myself about my efficiency, both in terms of personal production and team leadership.

    A new solution I’m testing is to document my daily tasks and use that documentation as my daily blog post.

    This keeps me honest.

    And proves I’m practicing what I preach.

    All while ‘hopefully’ keeping my blog content as high value as possible.

    So far, so good 😉

    Thanks again!

    Brad

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by Brad. I was given the exercise to keep track of all my daily tasks for a week from one of my mentors. I was amazed how many things I did that were just a distraction! So I cut those out and then grouped the similar activities together. What a time saver and it really helped me stay focused.

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