Personal branding and leadership seem to go hand-in-hand. You either want to become a leader, or you want to be a better one. If either one of these describe you (and why else would you be here?), pay attention. This tip is something you can implement right now on your step to better personal branding and stronger leadership.
Leadership Tip #1: Take Your Time
As a leader, there are a lot of things on your plate. As you know (or will find out), management takes a lot of work, a lot of time and a lot of attention to detail. That’s why I’m starting off the Leadership Tips Series with a tip on giving yourself time space.
Leaders Cannot Be Stressed Out, Raging Maniacs
No matter what’s going on, whether everything is going smoothly or the main plant for the north east sector just broke down, your people will be looking at you for what to do. You cannot afford to turn into a stressed out, raging maniac. In most instances where this happens, leaders have needed one essential ingredient to stay on top of things.
Time to think.
Time to plan.
Time to fix it, or find those that can fix it (in which case, you fix it through delegation – go you!)
When you’re short on time, you feel the pressure to the nth degree. -And what happens? You stop giving people, projects and tasks the time they need and deserve. People ask you questions and you answer without thinking. You become curt with people, or at least appear to be, because you feel that constant time pressure. You rush through projects, not giving them your full attention.
Unfortunately, studies have shown that such a response to stress is counterproductive. Giving less of your time raises the possibility of errors in your day-to-day tasks. The pressure can cause you to think less clearly, raising the instances of poor decision-making.
As your stress level goes up, your team’s stress level also goes up, which means their productivity goes down as well. In other words, not giving yourself time space is the opposite of good personal branding and lessens your leadership abilities.
Give Yourself Time Space
Listen. Life happens. You get sick; a family member gets sick; an essential team member gets sick. The printer breaks. Your computer takes a nose dive and gives you the blue screen of death. The server goes offline. Armageddon looms.
How can you prepare for these emergencies? How can you guarantee (to the best of your ability) that you will have the time to take things in stride?
Give yourself time space. If you have a task that you know you can get done with in one day, give yourself two. If you have a project that takes one week, give yourself two. Confidence is all well and good – knowing what you can do is great, and a positive part of personal branding – but again, life happens.
Two things happen here. 1) You have the ability to always be on time with your projects. 2) You have the ability to make space in your schedule for the unforeseen.
Maybe it goes against your grain. Maybe you always have to have your day filled. That’s fine. You can always work ahead… but you’ll never be behind.
So move forward, leaders. Take the next step toward building the personal brand you want. And stay tuned for other great leadership tips!
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- Posted by Gabriella Sannino
- On January 11, 2017