Habits of Highly Effective Managers

Just 10% of managers really move their organizations forward. They zero in on strategic goals and see them to completion; they fuel breakthrough innovations in products, services, and processes; and they tackle heavy workloads under tight time constraints.
What about the remaining 90%? Short on self-awareness, they don’t ask themselves the hard questions required to examine — and improve — their leadership skills. Overcommitted, they succumb to the temptation to concentrate on short-term tasks when pressure mounts. Blurring their focus even further, many accumulate “monkeys” on their backs by taking on subordinates’ problems.
How can you ensure you’re in the 10% — not the 90%?

– Regularly take stock of your effectiveness as a leader, rather than waiting for others to give you feedback.

– Rivet your attention on efforts that support long-term objectives. And throw off time-hungry monkeys.

The payoff? You redirect your energy to where it exerts the biggest impact: your company’s strategic priorities.

via: Harvard Business Review

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