being a leader is one of the toughest jobs in the world. You may be the leader of your own business or heading an important faction of a company where you have the final say about the output of the section. Productivity and leadership have always been linked together since the beginning of corporate times. As Mr. Gary Vaynerchuk says “All your ideas may be solid or even good, but you have to actually execute on them for them to matter.” This means that you have to be on your feet all the time. There are certain things you can take care of in order to become a productive leader:
If there is no end zone, the quarter back can never make or plan a play. Similarly, a true leader needs a short term and long term vision to be highly productive. Without a set goal in mind, his company will float without purpose. Therefore, to be a productive leader a solid and clear vision is absolutely necessary.
Design a working flow system for yourself and your employees. Not doing so will have a lot of wastages in your daily routine causing loss of time and money for you and your company both. Understanding priorities is one thing leaders do well and you should adapt this strategy as well.
Nobody will be will take responsibility when you take a fall. You should keep this in mind while you take tough and harsh decisions. Keep yourself and your company as the top priority and take charge. Losing control will give you more troubles than you expect. Mr. Tony Robin says “Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” A more appropriate quote comes from the movie Spiderman which says “with great powers comes great responsibility”
Use the switch on-switch off technique to be more productive in your leadership. Don’t take the problems home and manage between private and official life. Give yourself time to heal after a bad day or season; you can go into work the next day with renewed zeal and zest.
A leader doesn’t often have time. However, you only have 24 hours in a day. Use this time well to prioritize work which is urgent and needs your personal involvement. Getting into every issue will not give you enough time to address the bigger problems.
sten! Listen to anybody and everybody that offers advice who is under you. Even a janitor can give you a solution to the problem faced in his department. Never put down people who come up with solutions because if they go quite you will lose important eyes and ears on the ground level.
Know the problem and work for a solution
This is where you will make a difference as a productive leader. A non-productive leader will investigate the causes of the problem rather than looking for a solution first. A clear vision on problem solving and time allocation is an essential trait of a productive leader. Pick the most difficult problems for yourself and the rest should be left to the lower tier managers.