Leadership Success: The Fast Track to Greater Personal Effectiveness

It is often said that if you want to become a great leader of others you need to become a great self leader.  In the busy and pressurised work environment, mastering personal effectiveness can often be a huge challenge. 


So what can you start to do to boost your personal effectiveness?


Take time to plan


You have probably heard the term, fail to plan and plan to fail.  Most people understand this at a conceptual level.  Fewer do this in practice.  When you plan, you ultimately achieve more as you make the best use of the time available to you.


Find out what’s important


There is always plenty to do.  Yet in truth everything does not have equal importance.  Do you know what the 5 most important things in your role to achieve optimal results?  When I ask clients this question, it never ceases to amaze me just how much of a struggle it is to come up with an answer.


Do a time audit


Simply recording your time for a month will bring into sharp focus where you are allocating your biggest limiting factor.  Chances are you will identify some scope for improvement.


Compare your time audit against what’s important


If you know what is important and have recorded your time for a month, compare where you have spent your time against what is important.  This will help you to re-focus where appropriate.


Tackle the time wasters


We all have things that are time wasters.  It might be meetings, a lack of preparation, people who continuously turn up late for meetings, junk e-mails or drawn out telephone conversations to name just a few.  Start listing and recording the impact of time wasters and take action to reduce or eliminate them.


Bottom Line – Successful leadership starts with successful self leadership.  So what changes do you need to make to achieve more success as a leader?

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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Janice Robertson says 12 October 2009

Hi Duncan,

I think the shift for me came with realising that planning and organising myself and dealing with distractions led to me having more rather than less freedom and time to do things.

Really liked this post.

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