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12 Things Innovative Leaders Do Differently To Get Exceptional Results

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12 Things Innovative Leaders Do Differently To Get Exceptional Results

Great leadership appears simple and easy once conditions are good, the company is doing great business and everybody is happy. However, leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and instinctive over time. As time goes by a leader’s true colors are revealed. Innovative leaders follow a step-by-step outline to achieve the stage of creativity.

Innovative leaders and successful entrepreneurs drive remarkable results and boisterous innovation during this dynamic economic system (market tremble). Innovative leaders make higher use of existing (unexploited) resources and talent for innovation, while not implementing disrupting amendment programs, by constructing the situations that permit vibrant novelty systems to emerge and flourish.

While observing some structure that might facilitate learning the method of becoming a successful front-runner, here is a summary of the processes that are key to become a persuasive innovative leader.

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1. They establish and extend trust

Innovative leaders demonstrate a propensity to build and extend trust. Distinct leaders understand workplace trust that blooms and create excellence drives beyond the basics and extend trust profusely to those whom they trust. They establish trust to others by reading the situation, risk and integrity of the individuals involved in the organization.

2. They provoke minds

Catalytic leaders audaciously engage the uncomfortable, name the inflexible, address the impossible, and chase the insoluble. In this process, they lead people out of fear into faith, from nervousness to commitment, and from ambiguity toward a vision. And then they take them forward into a cultivated world of the spirit.

3. They explore for expertise in the team

According to a BCG study, great leaders possess exceptional qualities and practices that empower them to outperform their industry associates. Innovative leaders foster a mutual team capacity to anticipate and shape a destructive business environment.

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4. They aspire to great knowledge

Great leaders aspire for greatness, for themselves, the team, the organization, and for each and every associate around them. They expect the best from everyone, and develop the required skills to become the Guru in the field.

5. They embrace risks

Risk-taking is an essential part of leadership. Great leaders build cultures that embrace risk, and they have the courage to begin instead of waiting for a better time frame, a safe situation, or confident results. They move forward and take risks because they know that being too careful and hesitant eliminates the opportunity to grow.

6. They collaborate to innovate

To build a culture of innovation, great leaders emphasize creating a culture of collaboration. Collaborative cultures engage and inspire the abilities of team members, value workers’ ideas, and welcome new visions into group decisions.

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7. They set an example

Great leaders work hard and work smart, and more so with every passing day. Because of their love and passion to make things happen, they are always focused. They don’t give up easily. They bring 110% of themselves at work and set an example for all those around them.

8. They take actions and accept consequences

Innovation requires actions. Innovative leaders hold themselves accountable for their actions, calculate the influence and impact of their actions, and search for accidental consequences. If the results or effects are not producing the anticipated result, they involve themselves in that scenario and make required corrections.

9.  They create a leadership signature

Just as we all have unique ways of signing our names, innovative leaders create their own unique signature as a leader that draws on their own strengths. Signature innovation is not easily copied or plagiarized, because it is originated from a distinctive cultural identity within a team.

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10. They connect with a purpose

Purpose is the one thing all great leaders share. Effective leaders ensure a clearly distinct purpose, while ordinary leaders just come to work without any determination. Purpose fuels desire and work principles. These characteristics give a great leader a competitive benefit over those who don’t recognize the dynamics of this factor.

11. They develop awareness

Innovative leaders remain aware of everything important around them and their team, that could be organizationally, culturally, contextually and emotionally. They value engaging, observing, listening and learning over preaching.

12. They avoid complexity

Great leaders keep themselves ready to face and eradicate or simplify complexity. Complexity chokes innovation, brakes growth, gates progress and badly effects organization culture. But innovative leaders recognize opportunity and profits are removed from the complexity through interpretation, not by tallying the complexity.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Published on September 21, 2021

How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

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How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

The internet is flooded with articles about remote work and its benefits or drawbacks. But in reality, the remote work experience is so subjective that it’s impossible to draw general conclusions and issue one-size-fits-all advice about it. However, one thing that’s universal and rock-solid is data. Data-backed findings and research about remote work productivity give us a clear picture of how our workdays have changed and how work from home affects us—because data doesn’t lie.

In this article, we’ll look at three decisive findings from a recent data study and two survey reports concerning remote work productivity and worker well-being.

1. We Take Less Frequent Breaks

Your home can be a peaceful or a distracting place depending on your living and family conditions. While some of us might find it hard to focus amidst the sounds of our everyday life, other people will tell you that the peace and quiet while working from home (WFH) is a major productivity booster. Then there are those who find it hard to take proper breaks at home and switch off at the end of the workday.

But what does data say about remote work productivity? Do we work more or less in a remote setting?

Let’s take a step back to pre-pandemic times (2014, to be exact) when a time tracking application called DeskTime discovered that 10% of most productive people work for 52 minutes and then take a break for 17 minutes.

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Recently, the same time tracking app repeated that study to reveal working and breaking patterns during the pandemic. They found that remote work has caused an increase in time worked, with the most productive people now working for 112 minutes and breaking for 26 minutes.[1]

Now, this may seem rather innocent at first—so what if we work for extended periods of time as long as we also take longer breaks? But let’s take a closer look at this proportion.

While breaks have become only nine minutes longer, work sprints have more than doubled. That’s nearly two hours of work, meaning that the most hard-working people only take three to four breaks per 8-hour workday. This discovery makes us question if working from home (WFH) really is as good a thing for our well-being as we thought it was. In addition, in the WFH format, breaks are no longer a treat but rather a time to squeeze in a chore or help children with schoolwork.

Online meetings are among the main reasons for less frequent breaks. Pre-pandemic meetings meant going to another room, stretching your legs, and giving your eyes a rest from the computer. In a remote setting, all meetings happen on screen, sometimes back-to-back, which could be one of the main factors explaining the longer work hours recorded.

2. We Face a Higher Risk of Burnout

At first, many were optimistic about remote work’s benefits in terms of work-life balance as we save time on commuting and have more time to spend with family—at least in theory. But for many people, this was quickly counterbalanced by a struggle to separate their work and personal lives. Buffer’s 2021 survey for the State of Remote Work report found that the biggest struggle of remote workers is not being able to unplug, with collaboration difficulties and loneliness sharing second place.[2]

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Buffer’s respondents were also asked if they are working more or less since their shift to remote work, and 45 percent admitted to working more. Forty-two percent said they are working the same amount, while 13 percent responded that they are working less.

Longer work hours and fewer quality breaks can dramatically affect our health, as long-term sitting and computer use can cause eye strain, mental fatigue, and other issues. These, in turn, can lead to more severe consequences, such as burnout and heart disease.

Let’s have a closer look at the connection between burnout and remote work.

McKinsey’s report about the Future of work states that 49% of people say they’re feeling some symptoms of burnout.[3] And that may be an understatement since employees experiencing burnout are less likely to respond to survey requests and may have even left the workforce.

From the viewpoint of the employer, remote workers may seem like they are more productive and working longer hours. However, managers must be aware of the risks associated with increased employee anxiety. Otherwise, the productivity gains won’t be long-lasting. It’s no secret that prolonged anxiety can reduce job satisfaction, decrease work performance, and negatively affect interpersonal relationships with colleagues.[4]

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3. Despite everything, We Love Remote Work

An overwhelming majority—97 percent—of Buffer report’s survey respondents say they would like to continue working remotely to some extent. The two main benefits mentioned by the respondents are the ability to have a flexible schedule and the flexibility to work from anywhere.

McKinsey’s report found that more than half of employees would like their workplace to adopt a more flexible hybrid virtual-working model, with some days of work on-premises and some days working remotely. To be more exact, more than half of employees report that they would like at least three work-from-home days a week once the pandemic is over.

Companies will increasingly be forced to find ways to satisfy these workforce demands while implementing policies to minimize the risks associated with overworking and burnout. Smart companies will embrace this new trend and realize that adopting hybrid models can also be a win for them—for example, for accessing talent in different locations and at a lower cost.

Remote Work: Blessing or Plight?

Understandably, workers worldwide are tempted to keep the good work-life aspects that have come out of the pandemic—professional flexibility, fewer commutes, and extra time with family. But with the once strict boundaries between work and life fading, we must remain cautious. We try to squeeze in house chores during breaks. We do online meetings from the kitchen or the same couch we watch TV shows from, and many of us report difficulties switching off after work.

So, how do we keep our private and professional lives from hopelessly blending together?

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The answer is that we try to replicate the physical and virtual boundaries that come naturally in an office setting. This doesn’t only mean having a dedicated workspace but also tracking your work time and stopping when your working hours are finished. In addition, it means working breaks into your schedule because watercooler chats don’t just naturally happen at home.

If necessary, we need to introduce new rituals that resemble a normal office day—for example, going for a walk around the block in the morning to simulate “arriving at work.” Remote work is here to stay. If we want to enjoy the advantages it offers, then we need to learn how to cope with the personal challenges that come with it.

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