4 Ways to Become a Confident Leader Instead of a Hurried Leader
Are you a hurried leader? Out of breath most of the time trying to keep up? Are you drowning in emails, things to read, people to call, and not enough time on your calendar? Do you find yourself in your office more than out with your team? Do you look at all there is to do and sometimes it paralyzes you so you do nothing at all? If this sounds like you, then you are a hurried leader.Are you drowning in emails, things to read, people to call, and not enough time on your calendar? Click To Tweet
Are you still not sure if you’re a hurried leader? See if these describe you:
- Not enough time to prepare for meetings
- Your leadership messages seem more tired than inspiring
- Often late or rushed for meetings
- People frustrate you often
- You avoid people
- You are irritated when people drop by to see you unplanned
- You don’t have time to exercise
- You work often on the weekends and in the evenings trying to catch up
- You are tired before you even start your day
- You think about doing something else with your life
If four or more of the above describe you, you and your team are in danger and you need to reset your leadership. Here are 4 actions that can move you from a hurried leader to a confident leader:
4 Ways to Become a Confident Leader:
Delegate, delegate, delegate.
You need to delegate more to your assistant and more to your leadership team. You get in trouble when you are doing tasks outside of your primary role as leader. Look at all you are doing and delegate anything that isn’t leadership critical.
Develop and empower others.
When you delegate, that means you must empower. Empowering others means you trust them to get the job done and you don’t require they do it your way. You have to let go of control and let go of perfect (as you define it!). When you do more than you should, you are standing in the way of developing a great team.
Take control of your calendar. Establish the routines that work and that give you the time to lead well. You will never be able to do this unless you delegate and empower others. Build into your life air to breath and room to think. Build into your calendar time to spend developing others. That will mean you can’t be at every meeting. You want to show up at the right meetings, well prepared and well rested, so you can lead with confidence, clarity, and focus.
Have clear boundaries that enable you to say yes and to say no.
Great leadership requires a more narrow focus. You can’t do it all and build a great organization. There are a few things that only you can do as a leader and you must guard those well. What are the 3 things most critical for you to do as a leader? Everything else is off your leadership action plan. It will be the many good things that come your way that will cause you to end up in chaos and stress as a hurried leader.
You may want to start over with your calendar and let your team know you are resetting your leadership. Your team needs you to lead with a calm, steady, consistent confidence especially in a hurried world.
“Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immoveable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Have you ever worked with a hurried leader? What lessons did you learn?