Good time-management skills are the foundation stones of improvement. They slow the pace and allow leaders to gain poise and control over their circumstances while also ensuring that progress is not lost in one area when the focus switches to another. Without developing good time management skills any attempts at self-improvement can feel like a house built on sand, stable only until a problem arises. As events get ahead of us and we begin to feel overwhelmed good intentions fall by the wayside and recent improvements are often lost, making progress feel like an endless process of two steps forward, one step back. Gain control of your time and make progress steady and unstoppable.
Trading your health for material reward is not a wise idea. Not only is it likely to feel like a hollow sacrifice but it will ultimately handicap you, preventing you from reaching the heights a healthier person would have the stamina for. Stay healthy to ensure that you can enjoy your success when it comes and recognise that a leader's life is stressful, you need the physical resilience to handle this stress well. This section contains a number of resources to help you improve your overall health. Being healthy will make you sharper, more energetic, and laser-focused at work, as well as giving you the longevity to reap the rewards.
In the Help to Grow leadership course, to which this resources section is linked, wealth is defined more broadly than being about financial well-being, we define wealth as being about value. Yes, financial reward is a huge part of this, but also the status value you receive from doing important work, and the wider value provided to society from said work. As well as this we include the personal value you bring to your organisation, are you investing in your own development?
Happiness, thankfully, means something different to each of us. In the Help to Grow leadership course we focus on happiness as it pertains to our leadership capabilities and those we are responsible for, both at work and home. If you are unhappy and bringing your personal problems to work with you neither you nor your team will be producing your best work. Equally, you cannot allow work to dominate your life to the extent that you take problems home. Strive for balance always and ensure that your home feels like a sanctuary from, if not all the worlds’ ills, at least your own professional ills.
Soft skills are an essential part of leadership. There is no getting around the fact that is nigh on impossible to be an effective leader if you are awkward and alienating to the people you work with. While this is almost certainly not true of you, it is a fact that too often at work training is given on the technical aspects of work, but the human elements are left for individuals to figure out themselves. This can be especially challenging to those who are new to leadership positions, and who are essentially figuring out how to handle the social dynamics of being in a senior position on the fly. Soft skills are like any other skills however, there will be some you have a natural affinity or aversion to, but all can be developed consciously over time.