5th September, 20150 Comments
Written by: Sue MacGillivray Life Coaching Solutions
12 (alternative) top tips to be more effective as a business leader.
- Cut your time reading emails - This is absolutely essential. Restrict perusing your inbox to a maximum of three allocated time slots per day.
- Have a great life outside of work - Get the balance right. Feel stimulated, challenged and passionate about the people, interest and goals you have at home.
- Run successful meetings - Make them work; short, smart, timely and effective. Have a bullet agenda. Follow up action points. Way too much time in business is spent by everyone just talking!
- Display compassion - Yes, compassion. Effective business leaders are kind. Are you? Respect is key. Full stop. Even in a disagreement. Connection, connection, connection.
- Find focus and motivation - Set goals for yourself professionally. List what you love about your job and have purpose.
- Talk to your staff - Ask the right questions to understand their thoughts, feelings, aspirations, ideas, weaknesses, concerns, development and training requirements. And listen. And then do something with that information. Always.
- Be emotionally intelligent - Be aware of the five key components: empathy, emotion management, self-awareness, self-motivation and relationship management. Seek professional help to work on the areas as required. Successful leaders are emotionally intelligent. It's proven time after time.
- Keep calm - Feeling in control equals calmness. Note your stress triggers. Don't raise your voice. Have strategies to relax: mindfulness, meditation, breathing, a space to take time out, music or water. Find yours.
- Reignite your spark - Remember what took you to your position. What magic do you need to create?
- Connect with who you work with - Understand their preferred way of working, thinking and communicating. Have acceptance. Adapt to their style for positive interactions.
- Deal with 'difficult people' - Understand that 'difficult people' are usually just different from us. Address challenges and underperformance immediately. Remain factual.
- Delegate - This comes from trust. And gives faith, respect and sense of value. You are not superman or superwoman!
About the author
Sue MacGillivray is a well-established, extensively experienced and highly regarded accredited Glasgow-based life and business coach. She is passionate about people and supporting them to be their best self. Along with her private practice, she is a corporate consultant and a regular media contributor. She also loves butterflies!
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