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Keep your line of sight on your core mission

When I worked fulltime in the corporate world, one of my greatest challenge was maintaining focus among all the constant competing priorities. It took some time, but I have learned how effective leaders discipline themselves in order to consistently reach their goals.

Are you a disciplined leader?

In contrast, ineffective leaders tend to place personal comfort and interests above the mission often resulting in sporadic efforts, weakened achievements and ruined reputations. I have witnessed so often in my coaching engagements where distractions were the bane of ineffective leadership. It reminds me of watching my coonhound in the backyard trying to chase two squirrels and a chipmunk simultaneously and losing every time. Similarly, unproductive leaders who change directions frequently often leave team members confused, frustrated and never fully knowing where to focus. It is no wonder why team members either end up doing the minimum or nothing at all.

The quickest way to destroy a vision is to work on two competing visions. When your limited resources are divided to support multiple visions you are likely to be ineffective in accomplishing your goals.

If you have lost your focus it is time to get organized. Ask yourself questions such as … “what matters most” … “what is the core mission” … “what will contribute to the mission?” Once you have a core focus make everything else secondary. A productive leader is one who is single-minded in pursuit of a defined goal and is not easily distracted by other activities. Know what counts and do it! Be resolute to focus your energy on the things that matter most and are central to your core mission. Whatever you focus on consistently is what you give strength to. Remember …

“A good leader remains focused. Controlling your destination is better than being controlled by it” … Jack Welch

No matter how much we boast about multi-tasking the truth is when you study productive leaders you will see that they have narrowed their attention to a single focus – chasing one thing at a time. They know what needs to be done and what they will have to do to accomplish it. Other traits you will notice are … productive leaders know the resources needed and available to carry out the mission and how to garner manpower for the necessary tasks. These focused leaders rarely lack loyal followers. In general, people with a mind to work naturally gravitate towards these leaders who are able to give them good directions. The focused leader makes it a mission to know what team skills are needed, who the team specialists are and understand whose individual talents are best suited for an assignment.

To the effective leader … discipline is not an option. Effective leaders have disciplined habits such as dependability … punctuality … consistency … trustworthiness.

Start today to develop disciplined personal habits that will equip you to transform your future, conquer your journey and lead your charge. Your daily calendar should reflect your commitment to a core purpose. Lesser activities and chores should either be delegated or dropped. Feed your mind with resources that help you to master your field. Be fit for your journey … take care of your body by eating wisely and getting plenty of rest. Put yourself on a short leash to the things that do not add value to your purpose.

One final point … effective leaders are not interested in doing ten good things … they want to do one thing and do it right.

So … Where is your focus?

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