3 Critical Elements of Time for Every Leader

Time is one of the greatest assets of any leader. Learning to balance a leader’s time effectively is often a key in determining the level of success the leader attains. In my experience, every leader has three critical segments where they must invest their time on a regular basis.

Most leaders tend to do one of these especially well, so by default they spend most of their time on it, often to the neglect of the other two. All three are needed. Learning to balance a leader’s time in each of these three areas will greatly enhance the leader’s productivity, so the leader must discipline for the other two.

Here are the 3 segments of time every leader must consider:

Time reflecting on past experience – If a leader doesn’t evaluate where he or she has been and what has been done, he or she will soon be disappointed with where they are going. Leaders must spend ample time in personal, team member and organizational evaluations.

Time focusing on current expectations – A leader must be disciplined to take care of the immediate needs of the organization. The busier a leader becomes, unless a leader is naturally wired for this one, the more he or she tends to naturally neglect the routine tasks required of everyone. Things like returning phone calls and emails in a timely manner, for example, remain critical at every level of leadership.

Time dreaming about future expressions – Leaders must spend time dreaming of the future. This is critical to an organization’s success, but the larger a leader’s responsibilities or organization grows the more time must be spent on this aspect of time management.

The place in the organization and season of responsibility will determine which of these get the greatest attention at the time, but none of them can be neglected for very long periods of time. Again, a leader learning to balance these three components of time is a key aspect in determining the ultimate success of the leader?

In honor of three…here are questions for personal evaluation:

  • Which of this are you more geared towards as a leader? (Please don’t say all come naturally.)
  • Which of these needs your greatest attention at this time in your leadership? (Be honest.)
  • How do you balance your time between these three areas? (Be helpful.)

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  1. Time is a key success factor for every walk of life. Time is a only factor which is having power of decision about profit or loss. The Globalwriting.com is a single firm that is offering college paper writing services wikipedia reference . Any student having weak language skills and wants to improve your grades in final examination he must hire professional writers for essay writing.

  2. I am more shaped and gifted to being a dreamer, but I need to focus on current expectations, use my time more wisely and honestly reflecting on past experiences I don't do right now because in the past is where I want to be in my last "life season" and I found that "nostalgia" became an idol that was keeping me from changing into the new. I don't really "like" my new life season, so I have to do everything to stay will-surrendered to what God has for me now. It is good though to celebrate what God has done in the past and we need to do more of it. I have found that I can't balance these three areas in this human condition that I have, the only way for me is followship of the Holy Spirit, He leads, I follow. He is an amazing Way-Maker and user of time for the best! I have learned to listen for His schedule, instead of leading out in my personal want to do.
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