If you don’t value your time, no one else will value it either. As a leader, it’s important to be accessible, but you also need others to respect your time.
When you have set your priorities, the majority of your time should be spent on them. Of course, unexpected things come up that require our attention, but you can never replace your time. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Valuing your time has to start with you. If you’re not spending your time focused on the priorities that will move you toward your vision, your team will follow your lead. If you want it to be important to them, it needs to be important to you in action as well as words.
As an executive, it’s your responsibility to focus on strategy and leadership. You may need to reevaluate how you spend your time if you are spending too much of it on execution. If you feel like you have to wade into the details to get the job done, then you may need to reevaluate your team as well.
It’s your responsibility to lead the organization toward the vision, and you can’t lead from the side of the road.
EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP ACTION PLAN
What can you do to value your time even more?
As you reflect on how you spend your time, what needs to be reevaluated?
“Perhaps the very best question that you can memorize and repeat, over and over, is:
‘What is the most valuable use of my time right now?’”
~ Brian Tracy