Quit being busy and get more strategic!
If you want to be seen as a leader you must be strategic and work towards the bigger goals of your organisation.
Being busy does not make you a good leader.
Being stuck in the weeds of the day-to-day does not make you a leader.
Great leaders create time and space to be strategic, solve the big problems and focus on projects that impact the goals of the organisation.
Sadly, many of the super talented mid-career professional women I speak with are failing to truly lead.
They have the capacity and capability to be exceptional leaders – but they are too bogged down in the busy work to focus on the work that matters.
They’re tied up doing Busy Bee work when what they really want and need to be doing is Queen Bee work (you can read more about this here) – and they’re exhausted and frustrated because of it.
They are being overlooked for the best opportunities, feel overwhelmed by their huge workload, and have no idea how to break free of their massive to-do list.
Can you relate?
The truth is – working harder will not get you out of this pickle. In fact, being hardworking, helpful, reliable, and good at your JOB is in part what got you into this situation. Now it’s time to let go of those habits and find some new ways of working.
The habits that supported you to excel as a valued team member are not the habits that will get you seen as an exceptional leader.
As I like to say – what got you to this stage in your career, will not take you to the next level.
It’s now time to install some new habits. The habits of a great leader.
Quit being busy and start being strategic.
Here’s where I’d suggest you start….
Put aside 90 minutes in your calendar, one day a week, to focus on the big picture strategic work.
Pop it in your calendar and guard it with barbed wire (that would be the farm girl in me coming out!) Commit to showing up, week in and week out. No excuses and no exceptions.
This appointment with yourself is as important as every other appointment in your calendar. Or even more important. Value this time. Value the work you’ll get done in this time.
You have to create time.
It will not miraculously turn up in your calendar.
There will always be tasks to complete and to-do’s vying for your attention.
True leaders understand the importance of stepping away from Busy Bee tasks and intentionally creating space to put on their strategic hat.
Can this feel uncomfortable or achievable when your to-do list is lengthy?
BUT you will soon see that just 90 short minutes a week will not only move the dial on your most important projects, it will also have a positive impact on your career growth. (read this for some practical pointers on how to find more time in your days!)
So, my question today is – will you commit to making this change?
This one small tweak to your week will create massive change to the way you show up as a leader.
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