How to use time management skills to demonstrate effective leadership


A few days ago, I wrote an article titled Are you taking corporate time management seriously? This is a very important position for me because I see time as a non-negotiable. active in business and the #1 partner for getting results.

So if it’s essential in business, it’s just as essential in effective leadership, which I talk about in the article A little-known coaching method to quickly improve your results.

So for this post, I have an interesting twist on how to view and use time.

Board of Directors: Use time management to demonstrate and exercise your leadership.

I’m a big fan of 2 philosophies/beliefs:

– everyone is a leader in one way or another

– leadership is not a title, it is a behavior

Using time – using time management skills – is a useful way to express and demonstrate them. In fact, it is my observation and belief that time management is business management and also reflects leadership effectiveness.

Everything about business is done through time.

So I would like to offer some time management skills to managers and individuals that can not only help to use time more efficiently but also demonstrate leadership. So, as you read the following, ask yourself, “How competent am I? »

1 > Manage interruptions

When I conducted the public workshop Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed (which I eventually turned into a book, which you can get on Amazon). I mention in the book that many managers have a kind of “open door” policy, which in many cases turns into “I’m available anytime for as long as you need me”. Many managers struggle to handle this successfully and gracefully. This difficulty turns into frustration, stress, loss of productivity and sometimes even resentment.

Thoughtful management of interruptions is a great way to demonstrate and express leadership and there are many ways to do this. The key?… find a comfortable one and it really works! Here is a simple approach and I have provided a link for a detailed explanation.

The key philosophy: Express a defined amount of time while allowing interaction. The partially open door means I have time for a quick chat. So you have to define precisely what it means 5 minutes, 10 minutes… you decide. The key is to express it clearly and simply while keep track. Give your watch a nod, a clock on your desk, or ask them to keep track.

When the time is up, decide if you need to add more time or schedule a separate time and/or place to continue the discussion. Or, in some cases, the short conversation will have been long enough to adequately address the need.

Summary: Setting a deadline is leadership. You are the initiator – the leader of – how time will go. As in any relationship, someone leads someone. In this specific case, are they directing you or are you directing them?

The 2nd part of this leadership is to successfully hold and/or manage this time frame. The way we work with time when interacting with others is a opportunity to establish boundaries. Don’t let it pass!

2 > Time Mapping with Teams – An Element of Team Management

Time mapping is a time management strategy that I identify as a essential time management skill. In fact, it’s one of the first management exercises I ask of those I coach.

Time mapping consists of using an overview of the week to track time usage and/or chart an ideal use of time. A Week at a Glance can be viewed and used as a time management grid. It involves strategic thinking to plan how and when to get results. It also enhances time awareness which facilitates better decision making (another fundamental time management skill).

Since we don’t usually work alone and teams are also accountable for results, it would seem logical to coordinate to some degree how collectively things will be done to achieve the desired results.

So consider if, in expressing your weekly leadership and management, you include a short time-mapping session with your team to drive strategic action through the lens of time.

Imagine the value of these discussions – in no way to be micro-managed – but in a way to having strategic discussions (which I think is usually lacking in teams) to bring clarity of urgent priorities within a fixed time frame – eg a day, a week, a month.

Summary: Here’s the thing – the time so set. You only have a limited amount. It is therefore fundamental to be aware of it and know how it is used for effective team management, operational and commercial management.

Final conclusion: Working with effective time management strategies is a meaningful way to express, demonstrate leadership…and it really is not an option to get the results needed for better business results! Recommendation – if these tips apply to you – give them a try and let me know how it goes!


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