When we take on too much good work our time and attention gets distracted from our great work. This busyness trap distracts us from taking responsibility to choose work that matters. Great work is work that has meaning. It’s work that has impact. It’s work that stretches you. It’s work that makes a difference.
An effective vision is critical during the turbulent times of today. Turbulent times require fast and effective action and this means people cannot spend time checking with an executive every time a critical decision needs to be made. Effective vision provides the “north star” by which we can navigate in times of uncertainty. When the sea is crashing all around and the dark of night sets in, having a north star by which to steer the ship is a matter of life or death.
Leading and managing in turbulent times requires the development of a set of productive habits that will hold us in good standing an provide a solid foundation. Without a foundation of productive habits we become easily distracted and although we may find ourselves busy we fail to make any meaningful progress.
Consistent leadership action and behaviour requires a clear leadership philosophy. Why? Well, because your leadership philosophy determines how you respond to people and how you respond to situations. Your leadership philosophy affects your behaviour and ultimately your leadership effectiveness. So what exactly is a leadership philosophy? Encarta defines philosophy as the: