There are four leadership
activities that generate maximum results. Often leaders will postpone these
activities because of other priorities and yet if they were to focus on these
four items as high priority they would find themselves feeling less stressed,
have happier team members and enjoy greater success.
At this point you are
probably jumping ahead in your mind to what you think the four activities are.
Maybe you think its planning, prioritizing, time management, delegation and
these are all important leadership activities. Believe it or not there are
activities that are not typically at the forefront of most leaders’ minds
because these activities do not often yield immediate results.
We invite you to
consider the following activities which are not only an investment in your
future but also activities that will generate maximum results.
#1- Daily and consistent focus on people development.
When leaders have
people development at the forefront of their mind they tend to look at their
team members with positive expectation. The leader who focuses daily on people
development has a love for helping people succeed, grow and learn. Their focus
on people development creates a team that is inspired by a leader who is
focused on their well being.
Result- a loyal and
#2- Regular and consistent feedback to their teams,
colleagues and boss.
Research from a
multitude of sources shows that employee motivation skyrockets when employees
are consistently provided with developmental feedback. The key here is feedback
not criticism and there is a difference. Effective feedback brings us back to
activity #1 - people development.
A leader who provides
feedback with a focus on helping others to improve in their abilities has a
loyal team and a team willing to learn and grow. Stephen Covey stated it thus: “Leadership is communicating to people their
worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves.”
Result- a team of
people who are willing to take initiative.
#3- Reward creative ideas and innovation.
A leader who
recognizes and rewards ideas and innovation increases the creativity among the
team. In fact a great leader doesn't sweat the small mistakes that are made in
search of innovation. A great leader sees all efforts towards creativity as
learning opportunities. Research from the US Conference Board states that
employees across the generations want the freedom to be creative in their work
and to feel a sense of creative contribution.
competitiveness within the industry and increased customer satisfaction.
#4- Asking themselves 'higher mind' questions on a regular basis.
What is a higher mind
question? Questions like: "How can I motivate this employee to increase
their output?" or "What can I do to inspire the team to higher
performance with this project?" Fantastic leaders spend time on high level
‘higher mind’ questions and do not waste time on lower mind questions such as,
"Why does he/she always do this? " or "Why me?"
You get the
difference? Leaders who ask themselves higher mind questions have more energy
and innovative ideas.
Result- increased job
satisfaction, increased creativity and increased energy
We invite you to ask
yourself where you spend most of your time. We know that many leaders spend
time on other daily tasks or on putting out fires. Often these items are of low
importance but are based on habit which keeps them in their comfort zone. Can
you imagine what your day/week/month would look like if you were to shift your
focus to the four activities above for a larger portion of your time? What
other benefits would be gained? What prevents you from focusing on these four