Without These Skills You Won’t Make it as an Organizational Leader – Part 2

Effective leadership requires that the leader masters specific skills, and in this series, I review those main skills. In the previous, we saw that leaders are responsible for ensuring that their team members all have work that matches their expertise and that they have enough of it. That’s what I called the skill of task management (or workload management).

This skill (or I should say, set of skills) is vital to a leader’s success; leaders must leverage the team members’ experience and expertise to reach the organization’s targets. This requires skills: they must know what must get done and who’s the “best” team member to get the job done.

The second skill organizational leaders must hone—if they aspire to be effective—is time management. This skill is closely related to the skill of task management. In fact, both sets of skills work together.

Effective leaders must master their time (and that of their team). Leaders have to juggle competing priorities and deal with multiple demands are placed on their time.

Without strong time management skills, they get overwhelmed and distracted: they put too much on their plate or put too much energy on trivial activities. Ultimately, this leads them to drop balls (and thus, become ineffective).

In essence, excellent time management relies on two pillars: priorities and focus.

1. Set Priorities

As a leader, you must define your priorities and stick to them (ignoring all secondary activities). Your attention, energy, time, and other resources are limited. Thus, you must determine which activities are most worthy of your energy and resources. The more skillful you become at prioritization, the more you improve your time management skills (and the more you increase your effectiveness).

2. Focus on Your Most Important Activities

When you define your priorities, you must ensure that your time is spent on your most important activity. Therefore, you must learn how to eliminate distractions; you can’t afford to waste time on distractions while your essential activities go unattended. When you work, focus on the task at hand and refuse to succumb to the assault of distractions.

Leaders must become proficient at managing their time. Furthermore, they must help their team do the same. They must ensure that their team is fully aware of its priorities and that these priorities get the best of the team’s energy and time.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.