Here’s food for thought . . . A leader is a leader is a leader.
My friend and mentor Aart de Geus, Co-Founder and CEO of Synopsys, often states this line. It’s meaning is simple: “True leaders are leaders in their companies, in their communities, and within their families.”
If a CEO is solely absorbed in his or her company, to the detriment of family or community, then he or she is not truly a leader.
So how about you and I?
Here’s an exercise I try to do annually: Count.
There are 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week. Count. What are you doing with your time?
For the next week, track it:
* How many hours do you sleep each night? Count.
* How many hours do you work? Count.
* How many hours are you stuck in your commute?
* How many hours are you focused on your family?
* How many hours do you exercise, watch TV, read, volunteer?
When you are done counting the hours for an entire week – evaluate. Are there surprises? Are there adjustments to make? Are you carving out the time – quality and quantity – necessary to be a leader in your home, in your community, in your company?
Count. And when you’re done, make the necessary adjustments to ensure that others can count on you.