🏅 Leading in Your Own Way
Author(s): Blake Shalem & Christian Scott
Christian created the LucidChart below, outlining leadership qualities that anyone can embody with dedicated time and focus. Not only did he outline the attributes, but actions you can easily perform in order to embody them.
🧠 Get Into The Right Headspace
Our minds are the most important tool we have to create the life we want and embody a successful mindset that inspires those around you. After all, great leaders do not operate alone in a vacuum; they inspire others around them by providing vision, guidance, and support them. When you help others and give support, you inevitably receive reciprocated enrichment and fulfillment in your life.
🌅 ☀️Start With A Good Foundation & Morning Routine
Starting your day with gratitude, such as a 10-minute meditation or a mindfulness practice, helps put your mind in a calm, relaxed, and present state. A quiet mind is able to focus on the tasks at hand to ensure maximum productivity and analyze things more clearly and concisely in real time.
🏋️♀️ Exercising each morning before work helps us feel strong and ready to take whatever the day may bring. A strong body helps create a strong mind.
🎯 Encourage a Growth Mindset Via Continuous Through Goal Setting
When the most high-achieving people were assessed, a commonality among them is that almost every one of them set goals. Fewer than 3% of people write down their goals and fewer than 1% of people read and review their goals regularly. (source: Maximum Achievement By Brian Tracy)
We have made it a personal and professional practice for ourselves and our teams to write down and review our goals every 3 - 6 months. It’s important to not only reflect on past achievements but also set up a plan and path to the next achievement.
We also provided insight into the growth charts we use personally and with our team that contain an excellent structure for goal setting.
👁️ Visualization of your goals can be equally important. In a Fobes's article titled This Is How Highly Successful People Achieve Career Goals the author noted that “In 1985, actor Jim Carrey wrote himself a $10 million check for "acting services rendered," dated it ten years in the future, and kept it in his wallet. Then in November 1995, he learned he was cast in the movie Dumb and Dumber for—you guessed it—$10 million. Coincidence? It was the fact that Carrey wrote his specific career goals down on paper.”
Words can be convincing, but if they are not backed up and followed up by actions, it will be hard for the people around you to respect you. If you can’t keep your own agreements with yourself (for example: deadlines or time commitments), people will stop believing your words. Staying actionable involves staying organized and regimented.
📝 Time & Task Management
Leading by example means continuously achieving tasks that are essential to reaching your goals. Staying organized is paramount. It’s important to see tasks through to completion. Achieving your goals requires a system that works for you to manage the smaller daily and weekly tasks needed to make progress. For us, we use a task engine Christian customized and created in Notion that allows us to date, rate, tag and prioritize every task we need to perform.
Blake created a LucidChart visualization that lays out the time management tactics we find most practical and utilize daily.
📝 Declutter Your Brain With Techniques Like GTD
GTD stands for "Getting Things Done," which is a productivity system and time management method developed by David Allen and outlined in his book of the same name. The goal of GTD is to help people organize their thoughts, prioritize tasks, and reduce stress by helping them set clear objectives and action plans. It involves breaking down larger tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks and scheduling tasks in stages. Additionally, it encourages people to keep a regular “inbox” where they can capture all ideas, tasks, and commitments that come to mind. By taking a holistic approach to managing tasks and commitments, GTD allows people to focus on completing important tasks, while still leaving room for greater creativity and flexibility in their work.
An important element of GTD rests on the idea of moving all items of interest, relevant information, issues, tasks, and projects out of one's mind by recording them externally and then breaking them into actionable work items with known time limits. This allows one's attention to focus on taking action on each task listed in an external record rather than trying to recall them intuitively. Reducing such mental clutter, ultimately makes one more productive, less stressed, and a happier human being.
💪 Change is Necessary to Grow
As Christian always says, make mistakes and pivot quickly. Try new approaches and tactics to see what works and what does not work. Continuously question your routines and outputs then analyze how you can improve. If you are scared to make mistakes and possibly look foolish, you will stick with a habit or plan that is not working to save face. Leading with a mindset of not fearing mistakes is liberating and encourages others to try new approaches and think critically alongside you.
Christian always says it’s important to surround yourself with all three categories of people.
- Find a mentor to learn from,
- Find a group of peers who are in similar life and work situations as you are.
- Find someone to mentor, whom you can help guide.
What do you think of the tips we’ve outlined above? Are we missing anything critical? Please reach out and let us know! We are always open to feedback and improving our content.
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