You've Got All the Time in the World

Time is the great equalizer among people and leaders.  You may not have as much talent, skill or money as someone else.  For every day you’re alive, however, you have as much time—24 hours a day—as anyone else.  What you do with that time will determine how successful you are and how effective your leadership will be.

When you think of it, you really do have all the time in the world.  What are you doing with it?  I’ve found that effective time management is a key element in the successful style and role of any leader.  A leader must learn to manage those 24 hours—to avoid the tyranny of the urgent and focus on what is truly important and the highest priority out of all the available priorities.  A leader must also stay on top of the details and commitments that are part of every leader’s world.

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Time Management:

Know Your Time

Almost every year for the last 15 years, I have read Peter Drucker’s book, The Effective Executive.  It challenges me every time I read it and I learn something from every reading.  The chapter titles tell you something about why I like this book:

  • Effectiveness Can Be Learned
  • Know Thy Time
  • What Can I Contribute?
  • Making Strength Productive
  • First Things First
  • The Elements of Decision-Making
  • Effective Decisions
  • Effectiveness Must Be Learned

            This book was written in 1966 but is as relevant today (perhaps more so) as when it was first published.  Of particular interest to our study of leadership is the chapter, “Know Thy Time.”  Since that has had such an impact on me, and since imitation is the highest form of flattery...

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