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Become A Transformational Leader in Your Industry

Become A Transformational Leader in Your Industry

Want to become a visionary leader who truly makes an impact in your industry? Sounds like you want to become a transformational leader, people with a unique skill set whom excel at motivating and guiding a team to success. How you become one? Here are a few ways:

Personalize your approach

Transformational leaders understand there is no one size fits all approach to management. No two people can be motivated or managed the same, and a lot of leaders fail to see this. Transformational leaders recognize that some employees need more of a mentor than a manager while others may need a coach or cheerleader. Make it a point to schedule personal time with each of your employees to get a better understanding of how they’re feeling in their role and about the company as a whole. Having this one-on-one time with employees will help build trust and loyalty, two common characteristics of the relationships between employees and transformational leaders. Adapt your management style to your team’s needs to achieve optimal success, and reach the true transformational leader status.

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Have a vision

People will not follow any leader without a vision, so as you make your way on your journey to become a transformational leader, be sure to clearly define your long-term goals. Set out the goals and mission of your team or business, how it will be achieved, and what each employee’s role is in achieving it. Be persuasive when you speak so everyone on the team is excited and motivated to help the team achieve the goals. Make it possible for everyone to get involved in some way so they all feel a personal attachment to your vision and are more compelled to follow it. Once it has been established, be sure to frequently revisit this long-term vision in conversations with employees so everyone can have a gentle reminder about their work’s purpose.

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Encourage creativity

Transformational leaders push their teams to challenge themselves and strive for greatness using their own skills and passions. By allowing employees to be creative, you’re opening up the doors for them to share ideas and help grow the company. Plus, giving employees the green light to be creative will help establish a positive company culture of team work and collaboration, which is something every transformational leader strives to achieve. Find out what each employee is personally interested in, and see if there’s a way for him or her to use these personal skills and passions in the work place to better the business. Does someone on your team love graphic design? Ask for their input on your marketing materials and website, even if they’re not in the department that usually works on these items! Transformational leaders welcome innovation and change, which can only be created through the creativity of employees, so nurture this and let it grow under your watch.

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Do as you say

True transformational leaders will practice what they preach and lead by example. Expect your employees to be ethical when it comes to making deals with clients? Then you should do the same, and if you’re alerted of unethical behavior, act appropriately, don’t let it slide. The team will be watching to see how you handle these situations, so treat them with the seriousness they deserve. Your team will look to you to see how to act, and that includes feeding off your excitement about the business. If you don’t seem interested or passionate about the business you lead, then why should they?

Have we missed out any valuable tips to becoming a thought leader in your field of business? Leave your comments below.

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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