From my experience, one leadership challenge many face is learning and understanding their own limitations. As a first-time leader, you may have the desire to make big changes and do everything you feel a leader should do. Shortly after you start trying to make every change you envision, you will realize that you can’t do everything all at once. It is because you don’t know how to use your leadership resources effectively.
There are many leadership resources available to each leader. Their leadership resources, however, are in the form of human, natural, or capital resources. To use those resources effectively, you must do the following two things.
Because you can’t do everything right now, you must understand what needs to be done now and what can be done later. You must prioritize effectively. One thing that really helps me to prioritize is writing a to-do list. The list shows “what” I need to. From there I use the quadrant system taught by Stephen R. Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to create my priority list. I separate out what is important and what is not, versus what is urgent and what is not. [Read more…] about How To Use Leadership Resources Effectively