A leader has a crammed schedule each day like setting target, communicating target, giving direction, attending meetings, making presentations, leading a team, making promises and creatively providing solutions to difficult problems. To get everything on a leader’s daily schedule completed, he/she employs strategies or secrets to enable him/her to achieve their set target. These secrets include the following;

  1. They identify the problems that confront them which must be solved. The leader must identify the problems, difficulties, challenges or concerns that confront him/her on daily basis and outline them in their order of priorities. From the problem statement, the leader develops objectives and goals. These create direction and focus for the leader and his team. The goals could be segmented into hours, days or months and resources allocated to solve it.
  2. They work with smart people. In selecting team members, the primary consideration should be smartness and not necessarily skills. The leader should source for smart, sharp and witty individuals much more gifted than themselves.
  3. They create and set target for their teams. Leaders who achieve more maximize team membership through setting and giving of target to members. They ensure jobs are evenly distributed and no member of the team is idle while others wear themselves out.
  4. They work with timelines and measure success periodically. To achieve more, leaders set timelines for each activity. Timelines are boundaries set on activities to make them definite, manageable and measurable. It provides basis for performance assessment and a scorecard of what has been achieved as against what was planned in time and space.
  5. They reward excellence and results. Achieving excellence by team members elicits praise and encouraging remarks from a leader. A leader should express appreciation and praise at the efforts of excellent performers and reward them for a work well done.
  6. They work with the team at difficult times and provide leadership. Being an example to team members during difficult moments motivates the team and facilitates greater performance. A leader should be able to roll up the sleeves of his/her shirt and enter the field to work with team members when the assignment becomes very tough, where there are threats and individuals fear for their lives. Leading by doing will remove fears and give confidence to team members that the task is possible, and the barriers can be jointly defeated while working with the leader.
  7. They focus on outcome. Leaders don’t give credence to activities but to outcome or results. To achieve more, every effort must result in planned outcome. By focusing on he destination and not the results, the leader points the team to the bigger picture and directs the way to achieve it.
  8. They do one thing at a time. To be focused to achieve your purpose, create and pursue one objective at a time. When a leader engages in doing one thing at a time, the probability of failure becomes drastically reduced. It is a better sense of judgement for leaders to pick on one initiative and deploy their resources towards its realization, than spreading themselves thin in some many activities.
  9. They make every team member responsible. When a leader delegates responsibility, the team member who receives the role must be held accountable for the planned results.
  10. Create and deploy activity audit system. The emplacement of activities auditing system is a performance driver among teams. The leader must ensure that each activity has an audit process that tracks performance and measures achievement. To get more from individuals, what they should do every moment should be tracked to ensure it has not been left undone. When everyone achieves and fulfills their roles, the leader certainly achieves more each day.

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