We all have different personalities, methodologies and therefore varying methods of approaching work and relationships. There are a few common practices that are necessary to be effective despite all of these differences in temperaments and abilities. All of these practices require us to perform the necessary tasks and eliminate the unnecessary ones.
1. Know thy time: All of the time that is under our control needs to be apportioned to our priorities – not someone else’s. Our goals cannot be met if we do not manage our precious time.
2. Build on strength: We all have weaker and stronger areas. We should focus on building on our strengths and the strengths of our team. Do not waste time trying to improve weakness. Find someone whose strength it is and employ their talents.
3. Focus on superior performance: Superior performance that begets outstanding results should be the focus. To do otherwise wastes high performance systems on substandard plans. This will help force us to stay within our priorities.
4. Make effective decisions: Decisions are the propulsion for the performance engine. They must be made at the right time with the right inputs and data. Make it too soon and risk is increased without good reason. Make it too late and schedule is delayed and worse, the organization’s momentum can stall.
These are all behaviors that can be learned. These are not innate qualities that only the great leaders possess however, all great leaders possess and use these qualities. I challenge you to go forth and be great by applying these concepts to your work and life.