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									Leadership skills list

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to always be on top of the world? They
are always smiling, their hair is never out of place, they have time for coffee between
board meetings, and yet, they are always at the top of the leader boards in their
department. How do they do it? Do they have a special time warp that they enter to freeze
time while they do their work? Do they secretly hire others to do the work for them? If
we all have the same 24 hours to every day, how is it that some people seem to get
everything done with time to spare, while others scurry about trying unsuccessfully to
finish their first task? Well, the answer is actually a lot simpler than you might think.
These people can get everything done because they have mastered one of the most
important business leadership skills there is: setting priorities.

You've heard it time and time again: "No one plans to fail, they just fail to plan." Well, in
order to set priorities correctly you MUST have a plan. What is it that you want to
achieve this year? This month? This week? Today? You get the idea. Establish a plan for
what you want to accomplish. This will give you direction and a specific aim. After all,
it's a lot easier to steer once you know your destination. If you have been assigned a
number of tasks by your boss, make sure to ask which are most relevant to them and that
you both agree on what should be completed.

Break down each goal into specific tasks that must be completed in order to achieve that
goal. Assign each task a deadline. Make sure that the deadlines are in the right order, so
that not completing one will not keep you from working on the next one. (Remember that
deadlines are not necessarily dates, they can be hours, minutes, or even just establishing
the order of execution). Write the tasks down in order.

Now, the only thing you have left to do is separate those tasks into three sections. "Must
do" items which are things that require your immediate attention. These cannot be
postponed or ignored without some major consequences. Make sure these are at the top
of your list for the day. "Should do" items which are things which are important, but
which can wait until the "Must do" list is completed. They can probably even be set aside
for the next day without any major repercussions. "Ask someone else to do" list, which
are things you can comfortable delegate to others. Now, keep in mind that delegating a
task does not free you of the responsibility. You must still ensure the task gets completed.
So, choose carefully what you delegate and to whom. That being said, it is imperative
that you learn to delegate. No one can do it all, we all need help once and again.

Take a look at your new list. If there is anything that you did not incorporate into one of
the three lists mentioned above, then it can probably be discarded. It was probably not
something truly necessary. If your "Must do" list has more than five items, revise it to see
if the tasks are not too limited in scope (Writing down "check voicemail messages" and
"return phone calls" on the same list would be redundant and limited in scope. ) If you
still have more than five items, use the 3 R's to determine what can be downgraded to
"Should do"

The 3 R's are "Required", "Return", "Reward". What is it that is really required? Establish
what things are truly essential and cannot by any means go without being done. What
tasks have the biggest return? Which of the tasks on the list will make the activity more
profitable for you and the company? Finally, ask yourself what will bring the biggest
reward? Which tasks will help you grow, advance, or will satisfy you more? You should
now have a manageable list of tasks to complete.

After you have established what must be done, remember these keys to productivity.
Work on ONE task at a time. Multitasking will only slow you down, contrary to popular
belief. Activity is not necessarily accomplishment. You can be busy for an hour and
accomplish absolutely nothing. This is why it is so important to keep your focus. Finally,
remember to work smarter, not harder. If you need to dig a hole and you go at it with a
spoon, you will work really hard and might eventually get it done. But, are you working

Setting priorities the right way is definitely one of the most important business leadership
skills. It will literally determine how much you accomplish and how far you get. Once
you have mastered this skill, you will join the ranks of the super achievers which seem to
have all the time in the world, and still get things done!

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