Workplace Leadership and Time Management
Time management means effectively utilizing the time you and your team have available to accomplish the task at hand.
I stopped counting the number of times I have heard someone ask "Do you want it done fast or do you want it done right?"
The reality is that we as team leaders should want both. These are not mutually exclusive concepts. Most tasks, with proper planning, can be accomplished accurately and in a timely fashion.Organization and planning are the primary keys to being an effective time management leader. Making a choice to be an action oriented leader as opposed to being a reactionary leader is a choice to be the most effective leader you can be.
While being a reactive leader does foster a couple of helpful leadership skills like creative thinking and effective emergency coping skills, it is as a general rule not a good idea to always be in emergency mode.
Action Oriented Leaders
Action oriented leaders take the time to know their business thoroughly. All the ins and outs, whats coming up, what needs to be done and when. Action oriented leaders make use of tools such as a daily planner and assignment lists.
Being well informed can help stave off a great number of emergent episodes. Emergent episodes will still arise as we are after all talking about humans. People get sick, call off, get distracted and fall behind in their work all the time. Being an action oriented leader will allow you to build time allowances for such emergencies into your plan. Being an effective leader means that you have back-up plans in place and ready to implement at a moments notice.
Time Management and Delegation
Effective time management also means being able to delegate responsibility in a productive manner. Looking once again at the human factor it is important to remember that people will most likely excel at tasks they enjoy doing. Is it always possible to please every one all the time? No, but your associates are more likely to take a turn at the unpleasant tasks if they know that it is not a permanent part of their job and that you have made the effort to fairly distribute the tasks among all team members.
Time Management and You
My last observation about effective time management is to remember that you are also a part of the human factor. You can not do everything yourself and you should not try to.
Remember to take your time off. get away from the business as often as is realistically possible. You will be more relaxed and less likely to crumble under the pressure of the daily demands of leadership if you remember to take care of your family and social lives as well.
Teamwork Reflects Leadership!
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