Time management skills are not one size fits all. You need to figure out a few things about yourself before you can figure out how best to manage your time.
When we think of leaders, whether they be leaders in our peer group, leaders on a work detail, or leaders of a whole company we will often picture extroverted, Hello, How Are you, Great To Meet you! Let’s spend the next several hours getting to know each other! types.
While extroverts might be great at commanding attention while oozing confidence, that doesn’t necessarily make them the best people to actually lead and inspire others. Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are both highly inspiring and great leaders, and both are famous introverts.
Generally introverts actually prefer to listen than to speak. That makes them great listeners. An introvert is more likely to thoroughly listen to what others and telling them and then give those people more room to develop their ideas. An introvert likes to work on his or her own, so they give others the opportunity to do the same. People who work for introverts feel heard and recognized.
Well thought out decisions
Where an extroverted CEO might be inclined to burst out of the gate running full steam ahead, an introvert will more likely have spent a lot more time with an idea in his or her head, regarding it from every perspective before moving forward. Their decisions are well thought out and well informed.
In the GeekWire article, Do Introverts Make Better CEOs
They refer to a study made by researchers from Stanford and the University of Chicago that found “A correlation between CEOs with reserved personlities and contemporaneous and future return on assets and cash flow.”
Passion has nothing to do with extroversion or introversion
The thing all successful CEOs have in common is great passion for what they’re doing. Passion has nothing to do with whether you love to take command of a room or whether you prefer more intimate encounters. Passion comes from within and when you find something you’re passionate about that’s what’s going to take you to the top.
Check out the inspiring life lessons from these Three introverted CEOs
If you’re introverted and thought leadership was out of the question, think again. The CEO prize is as available to you as anyone else!
Been on the job search for a while? Having trouble transitioning from the searching end of a job quest to the receiving end of an offer? Here are a few tips that will help get you to that offer quicker.
Don’t box yourself into small boxes
Some people look at the long list of requirements for job openings and only apply where they have experience in everything.
There are plenty of instances where people who don’t have all the qualifications listed are the ones chosen by the hiring manager. Sometimes it comes down to other related experiences, or aptitude in certain areas, or personality type, or potential.
If you have the majority of the qualifications they’re looking for go ahead and apply. Wow them with all the reasons they should give you an interview in the cover letter and see what happens. Like Wayne Gretzky says, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Learn to boast
You might not feel comfortable tooting your own horn, but you can be pretty sure the person who steps into that interview after you, or the one who was sitting in your seat before you got there made a point of letting the interviewer know exactly how wonderful they were.
Sitting there bragging about what a wonderful human being you are will turn people off, but if you talk about they way you worked so wonderfully with others to achieve great results, it paints the picture of a wonderful human being.
Relax and be friendly
Yes you are in a job interview, yes it’s nerve wracking, but in the end you are one person talking to another person. Do your homework. Prepare as well as you can, then relax. Go in there with a big smile, and let that wonderful person you’re going to refer to later in the interview shine through.
Who is that approaching you through the mist? There’s something familiar about them. They remind you of – you! Because they are you come from the future to talk to you about their past.
What do you want your future self to say to you?
Why didn’t you try harder?
I wasted so many years trying to please others when I knew all along what was right!
I wish you had realized how competent you were.
You should have spoken up more.
I am so glad you took that chance meeting up with X
I was nervous when you approached the president of the company with that wild idea of yours, but it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to you.
It was hard taking that test for the third time, but if you hadn’t done it, I never would have made it this far.
One day you will be your future self. Imagine the things you want to be able to say to you. What you do today will determine what you will say to yourself ten, fifteen, twenty years from now. Your life has been written thus far. What are the rest of the pages going to say?
First step to changing careers – make sure you really want to make the switch!
Ever notice that some people seem to have a knack for getting the best out of those around them, while others seem to go from creating misunderstanding to snafu to lost opportunity? The difference might be as simple as a lack of strong communication skills.
Start with the little things
You might think small talk is a waste of time, but it’s part of day-to-day socializing. It’s the beginning of getting to know people. Through those small daily interactions you’ll find out that Jen’s husband has gone back to school, you’ll know when it’s time to encourage Sanjar in his quest to run his first marathon.
What you learn through that small talk will help you form relationships and bonds with the people you work with. Not only are you getting to know them better, you’re building an atmosphere of trust and camaraderie.
Listen with your ears and your eyes
Pay attention to the body language of the person you’re speaking to. Are they engaged with what you’re saying or are they distracted?
If you don’t have their full attention, your communications are not hitting the mark. Are your instructions unclear? Is there something going on with them that needs to be addressed? Is there a problem with what you’re asking them to do? You cannot guess the answers to these questions, so ask.
Sometimes if you’re busy it might be tempting to be distracted by a screen or a piece of paper in front of you while giving instructions to someone. That’s a shortcut to giving the same instructions again later. If you want someone to understand what you’re saying you need to give them your full attention. If you expect them to respect you then start by respecting their time and presence.
Ultimately you want to get things done. That shouldn’t mean they have to get done in exactly the way you suggested if there’s a better way. You need to make sure that people understand you want them to come to you with questions and suggestions. Communication is a two way street. Being heard and listening are equally important.
With strong communication skills you’ll be able to ensure things get things done right, the first time!