As a title professional referrals are critical to your success, it’s important that you spend the appropriate amount of time gaining referrals. This is owning your time, doing the things that bring you closer to your goals. When you spend time on unimportant tasks—tasks that don’t bring you closer to your goals—someone else owns your time. Continue reading
You must adapt the mindset that you own your time. It’s yours to control, to protect, and to nurture. If you don’t take ownership of your time, someone else will—you’ve heard that before and it’s true. If you don’t nurture your time—tend to it—it’ll fade away and be wasted. Owning your time requires you to protect it from the outside intruders that want to take it from you—mostly in the form of interruptions and unproductive meetings. Continue reading
Are effective leaders born? Is there an effective leader personality? Is effectiveness a gift like an ear for music? If the answer to these questions were to be yes, we and the companies we work for would all be in a lot of trouble; being born gifted is something that rarely happens.
I have spent most of my twenty five years as a consultant looking into what makes a leader effective. I have found that, while personalities, intellects, and temperament may vary from one extreme to another, no, it’s not a gift, effectiveness can be learned.
There are 5 habits an effective leader must learn and practice all day, every day.
- The effective leader knows where their time goes.
- They focus on their contributions outside of themselves.
- They build on their strengths and the strengths of the people around them.
- They concentrate on the things only they can do.
- They make good decisions after careful consideration.
Being an effective leader is a skill that can be learned. Get your leadership team into training sessions. Commit to developing their skills, hold them accountable to using those skills. And do it now, the longer you wait the greater likelihood that they will disengage and leave you or worse disengage and stay.