In leadership, there are many things competing for your time. As a leader, it is a challenge to effectively identify what is worth your time and what is not. It is important to give your full effort to the things you decide to do. It is better to be dedicated to a few things to be able to give your full effort, than to not be dedicated and give a mediocre effort to many things.
The more dedicated you are to something, the more time you will devote to it. Although you can’t always decide where you spend your time due to various responsibilities, it is important to know when to delegate and when do it yourself. By effectively delegating, you give yourself more time to be dedicated to what is most important to you.
So what does it mean to be dedicated? Dictionary.com defines the word dedicate as, “to devote wholly and earnestly, as to some person or purpose.” So what should you be dedicated to? As a leader, it is important spend your time doing the most important things. I have seen many leaders that have said that they were dedicated to one thing or another, yet they spend very little time on it. Are they really dedicated to it? I would say that they are not.
What should you be dedicated to as a leader? There are many things that you should be dedicated to on a micro level, but there are also some things that you need to be dedicated to on a macro level.
Be dedicated to your family
In life there are many friends, projects, jobs, opportunities, etc. that will come and go, but your family will always be there for you. I have heard countless stories of people that worked hard for many years and neglected their families in the process.
There came a point that they received a wake-up call where their spouse or child wanted to do something with them and they said, “We are going to do______ this weekend, but you won’t even be around for it because you are always working.”
Situations like this were wake-up calls for the leader because they realized that they were spending all their time working and not with their families. “No other accomplishment compensates for failure in the home.” (David O. McKay) Everyone has to work to make a living, but be sure that your work doesn’t take you so far away from your family that you are no longer dedicated to your family.
Be dedicated to your ethical/moral compass
As a leader, you probably have a set of moral and ethical standards. These standards set guidelines for how you live your life. They determine how you respond under pressure when different situations arise.
So how dedicated are you to your personal code of ethics and moral standards? Do you abandon them when times get tough and people get mad? Being dedicated to your standards means that you are willing to do everything you can to behave within those standards. You don’t deviate from your standards just because times get tough.
The downfalls within major corporations during the last few years have happened because people abandoned their moral and ethical standards. I am sure you can think of many leaders that have been in the news lately that failed to follow their moral and ethical compass.
Be dedicated to your improvement
As a leader, it is very important to always strive to do your very best. You shouldn’t allow yourself to be complacent in anything you do. The minute you become complacent is the minute you begin your road to failure. It is so important to always look for ways to improve. When you are dedicated to improvement, you actively spend time doing things to become your best self. Great leaders are always doing things to become better. They dedicate themselves to improvement through education, hard work, and reflection.
As you dedicate yourself to your family, ethical and moral compass, and improvement, you will find more richness in your life. You will begin to be focused on the most important things in your life. As you are dedicated to what is most important to you, you will find success in your life.
What are you dedicated to? Why is dedication important to you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!