Daily Habits of Effective Business Leaders
The 15 daily habits of effective leaders
- They always have a plan
- They are never late
- They are well-groomed
- They are comfortable with silence
- They do not gossip
- They do not ask unnecessary questions
- They do not say 'yes' to every request
- They spend time thinking
- They are flexible
- They are self-disciplined
- They are decisive
- They are consistent
- They do not procrastinate
- They do not waste time
- They do not make excuses let's break each of these down, so you have an action plan.
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Have a plan
As a business leader, here is how you can have a plan for every situation. Having a plan doesn't mean that you need a detailed business plan for the next five years, and if so, which steps you will be taking when, but a way to approach the issue.
Think about it, when you are driving to a place, you know how to get there. You know the way. However, you don't know the final outcome of your trip. You don't have any set goal in mind, but you know the steps you will take to reach that specific point.
When you go to a foreign country, you have a map, but no GPS. You might not know the exact ways to get to the point you need, but you do know how to get there. Your business is the same. It doesn't have to have a detailed plan. The more details you fill in, the less flexibility you have. You'd need to kick out the window a significant portion of what you have worked so far for.
Instead, have a comprehensive plan, but keep the details on how to get there vague. This way, you will be flexible to your environment, but you still know which steps to take. This way, your goals will be realistic, leaving the optimal options open.
This keeps your excitement and motivation for moving forward. On the other hand, when you have a specific goal and are moving toward that objective, you can't have any distractions.
You need to focus on a single objective and nothing else. If you're stuck on a goal, that's all you think about, and you don't allow yourself to explore other ideas, then there is a decent chance that you're getting stuck and getting nowhere. When you have an overall plan, you allow yourself to think about the bigger picture or the big why.
You see where you are right now and what you have to do to get to your ultimate goal. While you are doing all these right steps, you are building momentum, building confidence, and at the same time, you begin to see the bigger picture. You begin to see the end objective. "Without a plan, you will be lost, but with a plan, you will be flexible." That's it.
If you have a plan, you will know what to do and how to get there. I am not saying that you have to follow the plan to the letter, but having a plan will help you know what you need to do to get you to your endpoint.
- Create a plan for your business.
- Take a minute and think about what you want to accomplish.
- Pick at least one thing you want to get done in the next 30 days. Write it down.
- What do you need to do in order to get there? Write it down.
- If you have a plan, you’ll feel much better about what you need to do in the business, and more motivated.
Here's how to be on time for every important business meeting.
First, put everything into your calendar and have a standard 15-minute alarm before any events. The biggest reason people are late is that they lose track of what events they need to be at and when.
Next, know the best way to get to the meeting. Don't rely on Google Maps or Apple Maps for driving directions-- they're not always accurate.
Third, allow extra time for traffic, parking, or other unexpected delays. You may also want to consider a walking meeting.
Finally, arrive early and prepare for the meeting. Check in with the host. Do a quick scan of the room. Check your phone. Then, find the bathroom if needed.
When it's time to start the meeting, be ready to jump right in.
With a little planning and preparation, you'll be on time for every important business meeting.
Here's tips and tricks to be well groomed so you look your best for every business meeting.
It starts with a freshly pressed, business appropriate attire. Your first impression will be your clothes. Always overdress, but just by a touch. Don't go over the top with formality but never undershoot. Your first impression will be your clothes.
It continues with clean and polished shoes. Your shoes must be clean, free of scuffs, and polished to perfection. Many people try to get by with polished shoes, but that is not good enough. You need to take it a step further and have them shined.
It continues with a clean white shirt. No one goes to a business meeting in anything less than a white shirt. The white shirt must be fresh and clean. It should be pressed and free of wrinkles. If you don't own a white shirt, you need to purchase one ASAP.
You should have at least one business tie. It should be the right length and in a color that matches your shirt. Never wear a clip on tie. They look cheap bad. You should have at least one business tie. It should be the right length and in a color that matches your shirt. Never wear a clip on tie. They look cheap and trashy.
If you don't already have one, get a quality belt. They don't have to be expensive, it just needs to look good. The belt should match your business shoes.
Watches are a little tricky, you can get away with a smart watch or no watch, but avoid a "gym watch" if possible.