Effective leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Effective leaders are willing to work hard and get the job done.
Effective leaders also have habits that they routinely act upon. They know there’s something to be said for acting on good habits.
Today, I want to share with you 5 habits of highly effective leaders.
Highly Effective Leaders Do…
Highly effective leaders know it takes more than mental prowess to lead well. Leading well takes forming great habits that will positively impact you for a lifetime. Well, not only you but those you lead effectively as well.
So, what are these habits of highly effective leaders? I believe highly effective leaders have the following habits:
1. Highly effective leaders make it a habit to learn: Effective leaders know they must constantly take in and process new information. Most effective leaders do this through reading. Yet there are other ways to continue your education.
You may pick up a great book. You can attend classes or courses. You can try new techniques that challenge your thinking.
However you continue to learn, it’s important you never stop. You’ll never know everything and there’s always something new coming out.
Make learning a habit and you’ll grow into an effective leader.
2. Highly effective leaders make it a habit to connect: I can’t say enough about the importance of networking and connecting with other leaders. The Bible says two can defend themselves, a cord of three strands is not easily broken.
When you make friends and join in with other leaders, you’re forming a network you can lean on. These leaders are there for you and you’re there for them.
Make connecting a habit and you’ll have a network of great leaders to help you increase your effectiveness.
3. Highly effective leaders make it a habit to rest: We’ve been suckered into the lie that effective people are always on the go. They don’t have time to rest.
Don’t buy into the lie that busyness and weariness are a part of being effective. It’s not.
Rather, truly effective leaders have learned to rest.
They know their bodies can’t keep going at full throttle. They make a point to take take frequent rests to recuperate.
Make rest a habit to keep your body in tip-top shape so you can be effective.
4. Highly effective leaders make it a habit to quit: One of the greatest leaders I know is Bob Goff. He’s created what he calls “Quit anything Thursdays.”
Every Thursday he looks at what he is doing and decides to quit an activity. He’s found it to be an effective habit.
Dan Miller has made a commitment to quit a certain portion of his business each year. Even if it’s a profitable piece of his business. He does this because he knows you’ve got to trim back certain areas so other areas can grow.
Make quitting a habit so you can focus on more effective areas of your leadership.
5. Highly effective leaders make it a habit to encourage others: Last, but certainly not least, effective leaders are encouragers.
Effective leaders see people doing good and they praise their actions. Effective leaders see people struggle and find ways to push them towards success.
Look for the good in others. When you see it, give them a word of encouragement.
Make encouragement a habit so you can lift others up.
I hope you’re seeing these habits in your life. If you’re not, you can always begin to implement these habits today.
Remember, effective leaders learn, connect, rest, quit, and encourage. When you adapt these habits as your own, you’ll go far.