The past couple of days I have looked back at last Saturday’s epic failure of a run. Fuel and heat were two of the major factors that caused me to experience a “crash” half way through my jaunt. But there was a third factor that led to my demise.
Factor #3: Pace.
Bottom line. I started out too fast, considering my hunger and the heat. If I had slowed down food and temperature would not have affected me as much. Instead I red-lined it. Not smart.
Pace is one of the most important things a leader can master. Yet, by very nature, leaders are prone to push the pace in their life and work.
Being a great leader is about sustainability. It is easy to start something, but finishing well is what will take you from mediocrity to greatness.
If you want to maintain your pace, you need to incorporate the following into your routine:
1. Take time to learn. Read, explore, and travel. All three will keep you fresh and moving toward the finish line.
2. Take a day off. There is a reason the Bible tells us to “remember” the Sabbath. Why? Because it is easy to forget. There will always be more to do than you can possibly finish. Admit your limits.
3. Listen. Listening to others requires slowing down. If you are in a hurry, you will blow by your team. Leadership is about relationships. The best way to strengthen relationships is to listen to what others have to say.
4. Stay balanced. i2i leaders don’t just succeed at work. They also win at home. Your closest relationships deserve your best.
This week we have seen how fuel, heat, and pace can all three cause you to crash.
Learn to master them and you will be well on your way to leadership longevity.
What other routines do you use to maintain your “leadership pace?”
repost from 6.17.11
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.