Where leaders spend their time?

One of the 10 characteristics of strategic leaders is to be collaborative. Do you want to know more about how leaders should spend their time? Listen to episode 97 of The Growth Whisperers. Breathing in the fresh air of nature can be regenerating after a long day at the office. Stretch your legs and senses by drinking the healing properties provided by nature.

It's not natural to sit all day under fluorescent lights. On average, CEOs spend 43% of their time on activities that promoted their agendas, while 36% spent it in a reactive mode, managing problems as they developed. As all business leaders know, every hour dedicated to company time marks an hour of personal time sacrificed for the good of the company. And instead of having your leaders spend their time in meetings that everyone hates anyway, teach them how to reallocate their time to much more valuable one-on-one conversations.

He has trained leaders at the United Nations, Harvard Business School, Microsoft, Mastercard and hundreds more. We discovered how much time they spend doing various activities throughout the day and the consistent habits they have developed along the way. People who spend an optimal number of hours interacting with their direct leader (six hours per week) are 29% more inspired, 30% more engaged, 16% more innovative and 15% more intrinsically motivated than those who only spend one hour a week. Leaders know the value of time out and use that time to disconnect and relax, reconnect and rejuvenate.

But what are the common things successful leaders do that we can all emulate? We decided to find out. According to the study you read, the average leader spends between 20 and 25 hours per week in meetings. But perhaps more disturbing than the time leaders spend in meetings is the opportunity cost of that time. If leaders resist even that idea, you'll have identified a leader who needs more training and development.

This consolidates the fact that strategy is a team effort and that an effective leader spends most of his time working with and helping others. A leader's job is to keep their eyes up and forward, in the future, to lay the groundwork to get there; and to make people so strong and supported that they can do their jobs without you. According to the Leadership IQ study “Optimal Hours With the Boss”, most people spend only half the time they should spend with their boss.

Edna Freemon
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