It is very difficult to completely separate professional life from personal life.
It does not usually happen that a person is a leader in their work and instead behaves in a conformist way, without push, in their private life.
- 1 Leadership and personal balance
- 2 The leader's responsibility
- 3 Leadership and time management
Leadership and personal balance
The leader usually acts with the same level of self-demand, the pursuit of excellence and ethical behavior in all areas of action (professional, family, personal, etc.).
The same principles of action that apply at work (honesty, dedication, innovation, decision, concern for people, understanding, etc.), will apply in your ordinary life.
The leader must be a consistent person, able to remain faithful to their principles and not give up on them for their professional career.
The leader has to be able to defend its principles although this can mean serious professional setbacks.
Leadership, being able to passionately defend ideals, demands great solidity in one's convictions, which is only possible when they are based on unwavering principles.
In addition, it is essential that the leader maintain a balanced life, dedicating time not only to his professional life, but also to his personal and family life.
The leader's responsibility
Leadership entails such a level of responsibility and pressure, requires so much enthusiasm and optimism, demands so much persistence and dedication, demands so much capacity to convince, encourage, motivate, etc., that only a person with a balanced life will be able to give their best and be up to the circumstances.
So that a person can develop in all areas and not let the professional end up absorbing everything is essential Make the most of the time.
Must take time out of time (Time is a scarce good that must be optimized).
Time passes quickly and every day counts: a day that is not taken advantage of is a lost day.
Leadership and time management
The leader cannot afford to waste time.
Live intensely, making the most of time, does not imply living fast.
Leadership must be exercised throughout life, it is a long-term career, so it requires dosing forces and not burning in a crazy "sprint".
Living intensely allows to address all human facets (personal, family, social and professional) and not leave any of them unattended.
Seizing time requires planning
The leader has a thousand issues to attend to and only a good organization will allow him to be able to cope with ease and devote time to what is really important and not lose it with minor issues.
If you do not do so, the day to day will end up absorbing, preventing you from dealing with more strategic aspects, gradually losing the long-term perspective.
The leader has to know how to prioritize
Distinguish what is really important, what demands your attention, and what is not. Then the leader has to know delegate: It is impossible to cover everything.
The leader will focus on the essentials and delegate other obligations to his team.
It is very useful set at the beginning of the week (Sunday night or Monday first thing) the next days agenda:
Indicate those actions that one must perform, set the objectives to be achieved throughout the week.
The only way to prevent projects from being postponed and never completed.
For example: if the leader seeks to improve his knowledge of English, it can be set as a weekly goal to give two hours of class (starting that week, why postpone it?), Setting in his agenda day and time, an obligation that he will scrupulously respect.
If the leader wants to improve communication with his team, he will set, for example, a weekly meeting (at such a day and at that time) that will be mandatory.
At the end of the week you will evaluate to what extent you have met the proposed objectives and to what extent these allow you to move towards your final goal.
Those weekly objectives that he had not met will try to do so in the following week, making an additional effort with a view to maintaining the planned calendar.
In the planning of the week you have to also find time for reading, for sports, for leisure and, very especially for the family. In fact, the leader must self-limit the time you dedicate to work.
It is not logical, nor of course recommended, to be in the office every day from 9 in the morning to 10 at night.
If the leader intends to finish every day at 7.30 in the afternoon (except for exceptional occasions), he will organize his day and a work rhythm will be printed with a view to meeting said schedule.
Many managers claim to be in the office all day. They are probably wasting time, as well as neglecting their family, their friends and their own personal concerns.