Guides How effective leaders get results – 7 ways to be more proactive
Read our guide, How Effective Leaders Get Results: 7 Ways to be More Proactive, to learn how taking initiative in small, specific ways can help you reach your goals—for your team, your career, and your life.
These aren’t exactly easy (or glamorous) undertakings — especially if you’re relatively new to leadership and accustomed to letting others take charge. But the good news is you don’t have to dramatically overhaul your behavior to take more initiative. You just need to make a few small, doable tweaks to your regular planning and communication habits.
This guide will help you make changes, whether you are leading collocated teams, remote employees, or a mix of both.
If you pretend you can handle anything and everything that comes your way, you could end up not only burning out, but also failing at your job.
To tell if you might be falling into this common trap, ask yourself:
How do you start your days? Do you sit down at your desk and simply react to whatever seems most urgent?
Every role requires a certain amount of this — for example, maybe your team is responsible for resolving customer complaints as they crop up. But you can’t afford to consistently get so bogged down in the crisis du jour that you lose sight of bigger, more important parts of your job, like ensuring your team is working toward key goals, or diving into a longer-term, high-profile project early so you have enough time to do quality work.
To keep your priorities straight, set aside a few minutes at the end of each workday to make a list of your 3–5 most important tasks for the next day.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
Read the full guide to get some more useful tips and tools to use in your work.
Everyone has a natural genius. Unlocking it is the secret to accessing more of each team member’s energy and ideas. To help your leaders get the most from their teams, share our guide, 5 Ways to Multiply Your Team’s Natural Genius, based on research by bestselling author Liz Wiseman.
In the research for her bestselling book, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, Liz Wiseman identified the nine most common Accidental Diminisher tendencies. These behaviors are often associated with being a strong individual performer or even a strong leader, but when overused or misapplied, they can shut down a team’s intelligence and contributions.
The best leaders are curious. But they don’t just ask a lot of questions. They ask the right questions — the kind that focus their team’s brainpower on the right problems.
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