Energy and persistence conquer all things. – Benjamin Franklin
In today’s Always Forward Leadership Podcast, we’re talking about how to maximize your energy as a leader! When we think of resources, we usually think of time, talent and treasure – but energy is an incredibly important resource in our leadership and we have to be intentional about how we steward it.
Every leader is different, especially when it comes to managing the rhythms of our energy levels, but there are a few key things that all leaders should be conscious of:
- How am I managing my schedule? For me, I block Mondays for creative meetings and activities because after a long weekend of dreaming and being creative, I look forward to starting the work week where we can begin to implement great new ideas. Fridays I hold for strategy. This is usually a day very low in client meetings or outside visits so it is easy to block several hours at a time and really dive into a strategic plan.
- What am I consuming? Many leaders get in a rut by reading the same newspapers and blogs or listening to the same podcasts. We are creatures of habit. One way to add a boost of energy in your leadership is to expand your inputs by picking up new magazines, tuning in to a new podcast or attending a unique conference.
- Am I saying yes too much? Learn to say no. Overcommiting creates stress that kills positive energy. Determine what is important and what you can say no to or pass along to another team member – not as a burden but as an opportunity that they will gain energy from.
- What activities drain my energy? Be honest with yourself and make changes where you can. For years, as the ceo of Southwest Michigan First, I was the main person responsible for managing our budget and it completely drained me. A couple of years ago, we were able to hire a CFO who loves that work. It was a win-win.
- Do we have a team of Tiggers or Eeyores? Look around at the makeup of your organization. Even if you have just one Eeyore, or negativity vampire as Jon Gordon would say, that person could be draining energy from your entire team. Evaluate the level of positivity in your organization and make changes where necessary.
Leaders who learn how to maximize their energy will find their organizations in great success. Your productivity will skyrocket, but so will your happiness.
Question: How do you best manage your energy to maximize this resource?