As the wheels of time shape shift and move us from one uncertainty to the next and as the new normal continues in its limbo, its important to keep focus on our roles and especially in troubled times when we communicate more.
Leadership is not a role or a title, it is a way of being in our professional lives and this will impact the other areas of life too.
A lot of people are struggling to keep up with the sudden chaotic pace we seem to have to match in our work and personal life. Huddled together, fending for ourselves, from chores to classes to meetings and actual work, there’s too much flux.
So, what then does it take to continue to stand out as a performer and as someone that can be counted on to not just do the job, but go over and above that and showcase the mettle that the team or organisation needs?
It starts with knowing what works for you and who you are as a person. I am a natural multitasker and I am happy to take calls, cook, clean, work, dictate content and manage the team and my child all at the same time. So, first understating who you are and how you would like to get work and things done will help ideate and fix a routine that works for you.
I have a friend who manages her time by clearly demarcating her slots between her child and classes, her home chores and cooking time and work. She has her calendar slotted in so everyone knows what time is available for her to invest in activities.
The next bit is to prioritise what is urgent and important versus what can take time and come at a later stage. Delivering on the promise made is crucial, so make sure when you communicate you give deadlines that can be matched.
Spend time with your work, with ideas, with innovation. If you are a leader, spend time with your teams doing this and encouraging them to think beyond the ordinary. This helps refresh what is going on and bring new ideas to the table that can be implemented.
Stay genuine and be who you are as pretention and show can only take you so far, be honest, give and take feedback openly and be willing to help everyone who needs it.
Be resourceful and share ways of optimising work and work outputs and try and navigate through the newness of this with a will to provide guidance and support both with time and efforts to give longer lasting results.
I do not do something to get recognition, but I do it to the best of my ability. Believe in the power of effort because that is what will drive results. Also, put the needs of the organisation and your team before your own, I have proof of it working for me.
Work constantly on feedback and strengthen yourself with both your areas of weaknesses and your strengths. When you can, invest in learning something that will augment your role and impact your work positively. This will help you reach newer unexplored areas.
There is no mantra or ready-made checklist to become outstanding but remember, the difference between mediocre and mediocrity and amazing and great is just a few simple and basic rules to follow:
Hard work has no replacement
Perseverance always pays off
Smart work always helps you
Time management is key
Prioritisation can be the clincher
Heart work is the best bet to get the best out of the rest!
That is it from me this week… Stay and be amazing! Because you can…
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