Expectations are higher than ever, especially when you are a leader, and everyone feels that they do not have enough time to do the things that make them truly effective.
In this Blog series, I will outline the 4 steps you can take to reverse this feeling and provide you with the opportunity to become a highly effective leader in less than 10 minutes a day.
Sounds impossible or heard it all before? Make sure you keep reading to discover how you can start applying this today!
What the Research Says
Research has shown that an increasing number of people get depressed, burned out or financially dependent on external support every single day. This is a growing trend that is not only isolated to a single culture or country. It is a global trend that is spreading.
Further research shows that 80% of the current global workforce is demotivated within their professional environment, with 26% being actively disengaged from the work they do. This means that people are actively trying to sink the boat of their employer.
One of the biggest reasons this trend has evolved and is continuing to evolve is two-fold:
- Organisations do not spend enough time and resources on creating the right working environment for their personnel and do not spend enough attention to what employees truly want.
- There is a increasing shortage of truly effective leaders in organisations. People are still promoted based on their past performance and / or seniority within the organisation, not based on their leadership abilities and / or potential.
It is impossible to create an organisational culture change overnight. It is however not impossible to change people's leadership ability overnight. What I mean by this is that it is possible to create a group of highly effective leaders in a much shorter period of time than it is to create an organisational culture change.
Step 1: Evaluate Your Current Situation
The first step in becoming a highly effective leader yourself is by evaluating your current situation. Take a moment to truly understand the situation you are currently in and check how this compares with the trends mentioned above.
If you can relate to the trends mentioned in these studies, how long do you think it will take for the people reporting into you to burn out, start feeling depressed or in need of giving negative feedback to others about you or the organisation you work for?
Understanding who you are
In order to reverse this trend, you need to understand who you are as a manager today and who you can be & want to be as a highly effective leader tomorrow.
To get a good understanding of who you currently are, you should ask yourself the following important questions:
- What is the type of leader you are within your organisation?
- What is the type of leader you are outside of your organisation?
- How do others perceive you and the way you manage them?
The question I always ask myself and others is: "what could you do differently if you would be able to be a better leader to those around you?"
The answer I hardly ever get is: "exactly what I am doing today".
My follow-up question to this is even more telling: "so why do you keep doing the things you do?"
Most of the answers range from "because that is the way I manage my people", "This is the way in which I have been taught to manage people" or "I do not have the resources or the time to manage people any other way", to "I am afraid I will not be respected by others if I show them I care".
All of the answers will sooner or later lead you to a state of paralysis, of settling with second best as managing others this way gets the work done and keeps you out of trouble.
What if I told you that there is a way to get you out of the mindset of just managing people to the best of your knowledge and getting you to become a highly effective leader with minimal additional effort?
Would you believe me? Especially when you know that you are able to build these proven and tested best practices into the role you have today, would you be willing to give it a go?
If you are willing to consider at least the possibility that this might be an option for you, ensure you tune in to the next blog post in this series as I will outline the next critical steps you will need to take in order to become a highly effective leader.