It’s time for Tuesday’s tips. Below are 6 leadership tips you can put to use immediately. Discuss these with your staff. Have one person describe how your organization can use each tip. How can it make you better? Where are you weak or strong?
There are 8 leadership questions below these tips and I’m including a PDF Leadership Questions Worksheet you and your team can use. It’s linked at the end of the post. This is a great worksheet to review throughout the year and assess where you are on your leadership journey individually and as a team.
You’ll also see a PDF checklist for effective meetings and a sample agenda compliments of the Meeting King. So, as you are meeting to discuss these tips and questions, you will be do it effectively.
6 Leadership Tips
1. Avoid isolation. It’s lonely at the top. Make sure you get outside input from your people. You can’t accomplish your vision on your own. Involve everyone and use their skills and talents. Leadership is a journey not a destination. Make sure you enjoy the ride. Lonely rides are tough to enjoy.
2. Schedule “white space” time. It’s called white space because it’s time on your calendar you don’t have scheduled. Nothing is written down. It’s white space. Use this time to think, plan and work on your self-development. The key is you have to schedule the white space time. If you don’t, someone will have something more urgent but not more important for you to do.
3. Surround yourself with people smarter than you. This may be the most important thing a leader does. Get the right people in the right seats on the bus. You don’t need or want to know it all. You need to inspire, motivate and lead. Hire people smarter than you and let them create. Smart leaders surround themselves with smart people.
4. Quit dreaming of great accomplishments and start doing. Intentions never made a difference. You have to act. Visions, dreams and goals are great. But, without action they are still visions, dreams and goals. Finish something and stop worrying about perfect. Believe in your vision but stay flexible. Start doing and make adjustments as you go.
- Perfect never gets done.
- Perfect is still sitting on the shelf.
- Finished beats perfect.
- Finished gets seen and noticed.
- Perfect keeps getting redone.
- Perfect is never good enough.
5. Don’t be a jack of all trades, master something. Get really good at something. So good, people talk about it. If you are pretty good at everything, people can outsource and get great. Be great.
6. Don’t let negative people and doubters bring you down. You know who I’m talking about. The person in the meeting who says, “We can’t do this. We can’t do that. We’ve already tried it.” Throw captain negativity out of the meeting or room. Negative people and doubters try to bring people down. Don’t let it happen.
8 Leadership Questions
1. What are the top three leadership goals you would pursue if you knew you couldn’t fail?
2. What would your life be like if you achieved these goals? How would your work life be affected? Your health? Your relationships?
3. What limiting beliefs hold you back from achieving your leadership dreams?
4. How can you begin to think more productively about these challenges?
5. What support do you need in order to begin achieving your leadership goals? What tools do you need? Whose advice should you seek?
6. What is the “roadmap to your leadership success?” What steps can you take today to begin creating that roadmap?
7. Who do you know that is already a successful leader? What can you learn from them that can help you reach your leadership dreams?
8. What small steps are you willing to take today to begin the journey to the leadership success you will earn?
Have a terrific Tuesday and make it productive.
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