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Leadership Success Habit #1

December 16, 2020 Leave a comment

Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have” – John Maxwell

Stephen Covey clearly conveys this message in the form of the 3rd Habit, “Effective Leadership is putting first things first”.

As a leader, you may be well aware that your priorities are in strategic planning, effective communication, people development, et al., but….you fall into the trap of doing the Urgent and Not important activities during the routine day, and thereby ignoring the important but not urgent activities.

The excuse, the BIG LIE that leaders give is, “I don’t have time”.

Again, it is not that you don’t have the time, but you have chosen to spend your time doing something else. You have prioritised some other tasks and made the decision that it is more important to you than being an effective leader.

Here is the thing. The way you use your time is a choice. However you have convinced yourself that you have absolutely no choice, and you choose to suit up with the firefighting equipment and spend your days working on the urgent, both the IMPORTANT and the NOT IMPORTANT.

Success is about doing the things that you don’t like to do. It is said, “the common denominator of success – the secret of success of every man who has ever been successful – lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.”

Do you now see why leadership is so freaking hard?

If you have not been practicing this habit, starting tomorrow will you commit to pritoitize the most important tasks for effective leadership over the urgent, but not important one’s.

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P.S. Vasanthan Philip is a business adviser, mentor and coach helping struggling businesses to break-even and to start making BIG Profits in quick time. He uses a proven framework to mentor entrepreneurs and business owners. He is the author of the Leadership book, “Tilt the Iceberg – 9 Modern Leadership Success Strategies Revealed”.

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