Leaders Stay on Top of Their Game!

Organization: Be extremely organized. Busy people are most effective when they are able to manage numerous balls in the air all made of glass and none of which may be dropped! Executives must set their "routine" and identify the best processes and technology to make them effective in their role. For me, my Blackberry is key as I can manage email, calendar, my network, as well as a host of other commitments through one pda. For some, it may be a paper planner. To-do lists. There is no "one" recipe for success. The key is defining what works for you and sticking to it. Transparency: With the ups and downs prevalent in today's business environment, employees are looking to their leaders for guidance, coaching and advice. Transparency is defined as being clear, open and honest in communication and the bottom line is transparency breeds organizational trust. Most impactful leaders have communication skills as a core competency. While the business climate will be ever-changing, the opportunity exists for leaders to raise the level of organizational trust by being transparent in messages and communication.

Balance: Working non-stop day and night may be an effective MO in the short-term but I have found that the most effective leaders are able to balance personal, professional and philanthropic commitments without getting burned-out. The most effective leaders find time for family. Find time to exercise. Find time to mentor/coach. Find time to give back.

Listening: If you are part of a "meeting-centric" business culture, you have probably "experienced" individuals that are 100% focused on what they are saying next in a meeting vs. listening to the current speaker or gauging the energy / direction of the other meeting participants. These are the same individuals that typically talk too much and over time, lose the respect and appreciation of others who "check out" when they are talking. Check yourself in meetings, in presentations, in working sessions and in your interactions with others to ensure that you are listening and processing before you take a side or present an opinion. Listening is a tough skill to master and only develops over time with practice.