As an executive, how do you find time to get to know your team members enough to understand their strengths, interests, and potential?

A leader’s most important role is to build other leaders around them. To do this, you’ve got to make it the priority, build the time into your calendar and protect that time. When we get busy and take on more responsibility or grow our teams, this becomes easier said than done, that’s the reason having a strong “why” is critical.  Leadership development is one of those “big rocks”. So, when I plan my week, that’s one of the first things I allocate time to. This area of leadership is so important because making the investment in your team members today will pay dividends tomorrow. It’s kind of like saving. When you get your paycheck, pay yourself first; that is, put away your savings/investments first, then deal with your expenses according to your budget. That’s oversimplifying it but you get the gist.  Leadership development doesn’t have to be formal. It can be a weekly meeting or a more casual engagement, whatever works for the both of you, as long as you are conscious of making that effort and are consistent.

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A leader’s most important role is to build other leaders around them. To do this, you’ve got to make it the priority, build the time into your calendar and protect that time. When we get busy and take on more responsibility or grow our teams, this becomes easier said than done, that’s the reason having a strong “why” is critical.  Leadership development is one of those “big rocks”. So, when I plan my week, that’s one of the first things I allocate time to. This area of leadership is so important because making the investment in your team members today will pay dividends tomorrow. It’s kind of like saving. When you get your paycheck, pay yourself first; that is, put away your savings/investments first, then deal with your expenses according to your budget. That’s oversimplifying it but you get the gist.  Leadership development doesn’t have to be formal. It can be a weekly meeting or a more casual engagement, whatever works for the both of you, as long as you are conscious of making that effort and are consistent.
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