This week’s Friday Resource was originally published by Business News Daily and discusses why it pays to work smarter, not harder, by prioritizing and delegating tasks successfully.
In the article, Fallon deflates the myth that a leader’s success is measured by how late they stay in the office or how many emails they answer over the weekend. While it is important to work hard and lead by example, it is not healthy to create a culture of workaholics that feel late nights and early mornings in the office are the only way they will be recognized.
“The job of a leader is exactly that: to lead. As a leader, your primary responsibility is to guide and supervise your employees as they get their work done, not to do everything yourself.”
The truly effective leaders know how to work smarter, not harder. A huge part of this is having trust in your coworkers and delegating tasks to them in order to effectively prioritize and manage your time, focusing on responsibilities that are solely yours. A strong leader has no qualms with letting someone else take the credit where it is due because ultimately, it makes their team stronger. A caveat of this approach is having a deep understanding of your colleagues’ strengths and weaknesses in order to set your team up for success.
It is important to remember, the path of least resistance is usually the best option. Finding the shortest, simplest way to accomplish something effectively doesn’t mean you aren’t working hard –
it means you’re working smart.
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