You probably do lots of different things. But your success as a leader isn’t determined by how many things you do, but how often you do that most important things.
So what is a leader’s most important job?
Your most important work is focusing the time and expertise of your team on doing the most important work of the organization.
All results and revenue are driven by how people spend their time (effort) and expertise (knowledge and skills). Profit, innovation, efficiency, effectiveness—everything is the byproduct of time and expertise. Invested wisely, the organization achieves great success. Lacking focus, mediocrity becomes the norm.
A leader isn’t just a person who is focused, but one who creates shared focus. There is a great deal of wasted time and expertise in companies where employees are doing low-priority work, or work that shouldn’t be done at all. But lacking an effective leader, it is difficult for them to know what they should be doing instead.
Just as a conductor makes sure members of an orchestra are all playing the right music to the best of their ability, so does an effective leader do his job. That is the most important job of the leader.
Mark Sanborn is an acclaimed leadership keynote speaker. Visit marksanborn.com for more information about bringing Mark to speak to your team.