Most of us might think that the daily routines and leadership approach we’ve established in our lives are effective and healthy. That’s the thing with habits, though. We can get so accustomed to them that it’s hard to break out of something even when it’s not good for us. Sometimes, we don’t even question what we’re doing because it’s become such a pattern. However, it’s important to asses our day-to-day routines and change them accordingly – that’s what great leaders do according to Forbes.
Their Coaches Council found 15 daily behaviours that the most effective bosses have. The ones that stood out for us are:
Make time to just be
When leaders focus on being in the moment and sitting with their thoughts, they gain the ability to centre themselves and get in tune with their feelings. This can help guide them through difficult decisions and open their minds up to more creative ideas. Practising mindfulness also prompts better engagement with peers and more effective completion of tasks. It helps with skillful decision-making; alertness; and reduces stress.
Many of us have developed the unhealthy habit of reaching for our phones the moment we wake up – to check emails, social media feeds, and messages. Lots of us even sleep with our phones by our bedside. The abrupt consumption of content and technology first thing in the morning – and last thing at night – can fog our minds and overwhelm us. That’s no way to start or end the day.
Instead, successful leaders establish healthier routines such as saying a morning mantra, stretching, setting intentions for the day, and enjoying their breakfast. The phone can wait. Forbes says that by establishing a morning routine, “you will be able to contribute to others, navigate difficult situations effectively and increase your ability to lead and listen.”
Reading and an eagerness to learn
Forbes quotes business consultant Kamyar Shah saying that, “the single factor that all the successful [entrepreneurs have] in common was their reading habits.”
Set aside a block of time each day to read – and ensure the time is nonnegotiable and not interrupted. This activity plays into leaders’ eagerness to learn. They make a conscious decision to learn something new every single day – from all sources, be it their colleagues, frontline staff, or people they interact with in their daily lives. “Intentionally adopting a learning mindset creates the space for openness and curiosity and allows you to show up as a relentless learner.”
Harvard Health Publishing explores the belief that gratitude makes us happier. “People acknowledge the goodness in their lives,” the article states. “And, regardless of the inherent or current level of someone’s gratitude, it’s a quality that individuals can successfully cultivate further.”
Research has shown that the practise helps people feel more positive, builds enriching experiences and relationships, and improves health. It is not possible to focus on negative and positive thoughts at the same time, so focus on the good, and you will refocus your mindset and find yourself feeling blessed.
In Forbe’s article, consultant Kate Dixon says that having a gratitude journal transforms leaders and ‘orients them towards positivity.’ “When you journal about positive stuff at night, it helps you sleep better,” she says. “Journaling in the morning can help you get off to a great start.”
For more inspiration, read about the traits that some of the world’s greatest leaders possess, and how they’ve forged their path to success.