Working with leaders over the last 20 years I’ve observed what highly effective leaders do that sets them apart, and I’m sharing these observations throughout this series, titled The 10 Secrets of High Performing Leaders. I go deeper with these ‘secrets’ in my Elevate in 90 Days Leadership Program.
To recap, Secret 1 is Self Leadership, where a leader strategically drives their own development, builds their own network, sets and revisits goals, has an evolving purpose-driven plan that ignites both them and the team and doesn’t sit back waiting for the business to do this for them.
Secret 2 is Strategic Calendar (lesson 2 of the Elevate program)
As mentioned in the previous article, leaders tend to be extremely busy dealing with relentless meetings, email, people issues, delivery timeliness, stakeholders and much more. With a lot going on day-to-day it can be challenging to find the time to be strategic, focus on development and lead effectively.
One of the most powerful tools you can use is your calendar.
By setting up your calendar in a strategic and systemised way you ensure you have the time and head-space to focus on the important things, not just the urgent or pressing issues.
To be highly effective set up the following predictable recurring events in your calendar 12-months ahead and invite relevant people:
Establishing a Strategic Calendar system provides the following benefits:
In summary, by establishing a recurring strategic calendar you increase your ability to manage and lead effectively and build respect for you as a strong leader in the business.
To learn more about how to establish a Strategic Calendar view the MAD Leaders Elevate in 90 Days Leadership Program.
Download the 10 Secrets summary sheet here.
In the next article I’ll share the third secret about driving your own development.
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Author - Rachael Pickworth