Top performing leaders not only do less, but they achieve more. How? They produce better results quicker by working smarter, not harder.

When it comes to mastering your work while working with others, the following four practices will enable you to perform better as a team by exhibiting smart leadership:

  1. Don’t Spread Yourself Thin

Some people perform better than others; however, it’s not necessarily because they work extended hours or sacrifice their weekends. It’s because they think creatively to streamline processes. It is not to be confused with taking short-cuts but instead, identify the right circumstances when collaboration will enhance productivity or implement a more efficient method to realize the same results.

Leaders obsess with the assumption that they must carry the weight of the team on their shoulders. Too often, they think that the bulk of the work should fall on them. However, leadership isn’t about doing more; it’s about identifying who is best equipped with the right skill and resources to get the task done efficiently. By delegating, you focus on your value-added work while empowering your people to take on more responsibility.

  1. Match Your Passion with Purpose

Leaders with passion perform at a higher level; however, without complementing that passion with purpose, it’s easy to lose focus or end up misdirecting your efforts. Because while passion is key to success, clarity of your vision and mission is essential. Too often, we lose sight of the bigger picture as we put too much emphasis on achieving goals that only have short-term effects.

  1. Identify High-Potential Employees

People who perform well should not be overlooked; however, there’s a difference between an employee who performs because it is expected of them versus an individual who exhibits high potential.

High performance is too often mistaken for high potential. High-potential employees not only perform but they have personalities and behaviors that make them influential, active, and able to leverage their existing strengths to acquire new skills. By nurturing high-potential employees to become leaders through mentoring, you save your organization time and money lost to recruiting and training new hires for future leadership roles. High-potential employees can also create an atmosphere of healthy competition, motivating others to work harder and keep pace.

  1. Be Accountable and Promote Accountability

Accountability is essential to successful collaborations. It improves performance by eliminating the time wasted on distractions and unproductive behavior. When you are accountable for your actions, you promote ownership and inspire confidence.

Without accountability, trust is lost within organizations. If you cannot show commitment and take responsibility for your actions, you can’t expect those are meant to follow you to do the same.

If you’re a leader who is confused by relating high performance to putting in more hours, perhaps it’s time to take a step back to reassess your approach. If you need help channeling your passion, so that is purposeful and productive, I believe I can help. Let’s connect: greg@inscapeconsulting.com

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