Are you providing space to lead?

The time pressure on leaders is immense - what are people doing to address this?

The recent news that high profile people like Simon Cowell are giving up their mobile phones is very pertinent to the challenges business leaders and Directors are facing every day. There are similar examples in the business world of CEO’s operating without a smart phone, one of which is Steve Hilton founder of Crowdpac (a technology start up) and former adviser to David Cameron.

But what’s the current reality – Less is More?

The demand on business leaders is such that more leaders that I regularly work with are choosing to stop using email or mobile phones as a way of communicating. This trend is accelerating as more businesses are encouraging leaders and employees not to send emails between the hours of 19:00 and 07:00, to allow leaders time to recharge, create space to think and focus on what is important. There is increasing research indicating that leaders make better decisions and are more effective when they create the time to refocus. Alongside this the energy that comes from finding the holy grail of happiness and well-being with a sense of a positive work life balance adds to leadership effectiveness and resilience.

At Brathay we regularly see the benefits that our programmes bring by enabling business leaders to create the space to lead. By taking a step away from the workplace and taking the time to focus, reset direction, plan for the future and reconnect with colleagues, results in energised leaders who have a clear and unified view of how to deliver business performance.

Taking the time to STOP, allowing leaders to focus on what is important is vital to business performance, engagement, decision making and innovation. Without it people tend to carry on regardless in their particular silo, and hence miss new ideas

How are you going to create the space to lead in your business?

Read our case study of a global business that benefited from taking its business leaders out of the business for a few days.

Further Articles: (Havard Business Review.)