High-performance leadership grants transformational leaders the opportunity to implement effective performance skills alongside measuring their personal positioning in the spectrum called leadership.
Their strengths and/or weaknesses get to be determined on an ongoing basis while conducting and implementing steps in an HPL (High-Performance Leadership) project.
How do you become a high-performance individual?
Here are 10 tested steps of becoming a high-performance individual:
i. Ask powerful questions
Top business leaders consistently ask powerful, critical-thinking kind of questions. Questions help you discern your caliber in a self-aware way. They open you up to yourself. They help connect how your own thoughts, actions, and emotions all align with your values. Or how they don’t.
Always ask yourself these 3 powerful questions:
- What don’t I know?
- What could wrong?
- What don’t I see?
These questions open up a self-evaluation process that reveals your downsides to yourself- and help you trend carefully. They also prepare you beforehand, in case of unexpected results.
ii. Think ahead
No high performer fails to think ahead. Focus on what you could do ahead of time.
For instance, if you are in agribusiness, work out the best time to present your products in the market, then work back and determine the dates for planting according to how long it takes for your product to be ready for sale.
That’s the way you’ll always have a favorable market season.
iii. Protect your time
Protecting your time is critically important. You just cannot afford to lose time with the distractions of life. These could be emails, phone calls, social media posts, and more.
Do not work with an “open door” policy. Rather, prioritize what is important and yet not urgent. And forget all else- except emergencies.
iv. Do not procrastinate
High performers do not procrastinate. They don’t. Those things in your life that lead you to procrastination are your internal distractions. do away with them.
Internal conversations- that are sometimes a result of fear or doubt- keep pushing you to “do it later” rather than right away.
How do you deal with procrastination? Any time internal conflict crops up, immediately take action. Do exactly what you were to do. Actions drive out internal thoughts of doubt and fear.
In Overachievement- a book by John Eliot, working less as a science to achieve more is achieved by elite athletes, politicians, and executives who understand the squirrel secret. They trust their instincts and ability to take daring moves.
v. Be laser-beam focused
Productivity is a function of focused energy. What you place optimal focus on gets done.
vi. Understand self-management
Time management done is self-management done. Priorities, emotions, and actions when allocated time appropriately lead to high-performance self-management.
You must always know what you ought to be engaged in at any given moment.
vii. Leverage the subconscious mind
Utilize the belief it until it happens mentality. Always reminding yourself of goals and achievements you’d like to have makes your subconscious mind keep probing you to keep on track.
Believing in yourself is easier if you keep reminding yourself that it could be done. Celebrate every minor achievement and dream bigger.
viii. Spend time alone to think
Besides helping you unwind, taking time alone to think helps you figure out what are real issues and sideliners in your space. At times, the current environment could overwhelm you until you lose focus on what you want to be. Taking that step back opens up a bigger picture and readjusting becomes easier.
ix. Don’t neglect health
Physical exercises are critically important for high performance. Your body needs to move if you’ll live long and healthily.
Proper food habits cannot be ignored in a leader who yearns to perform highly. With ill health, little can be achieved.
x. Invest in yourself and others
Have a thirst for sharpening your saw. Learn and relearn. Create a high-performance core team in your organization. And help them create a culture of investing in themselves.
Continued self-improvement in each of the members will ultimately lead to high-performance culture across your business or company.
What are the 7 Es of high-performance leadership?
High-performance leadership calls for activation of all following key components aka the 7 Es of high-performance leadership:
You can only energize others or inspire them with the energy you have yourself. Energy is infectious- inspire others by your own personal drive and enthusiasm.
High-performance leadership often means going against the grain, being on top of a crowd. It is looking where everyone else is not. You need to make tough decisions, and never be ambiguous.
Turning a vision into reality is the job of excited high performers. They infect others with that excitement and have them buy into the vision to execute it. Their vision is bold, clear, and success thus becomes inevitable.
High-performance leaders are win-win leaders. They empower their teams and assign appropriate roles to every team member, making all feel important. They allow freedom for innovative trials and attempts and celebrate results. They will not criticize calculated risk and failure, yet they remain firm and objective minded.
High-performance leaders understand that giving their teammates the right tools for any task- however hard, is the critical enablement role they need to play to see success. They execute and train their teams to execute, too. They allow their teams to take the glory when challenges are overcome.
High-performance leaders do not burden others and do not touch anything themselves. They are always willing to lead with servanthood. They lead from the front, yes, but will be on the ground with the weakest of the team members to help them out in times of difficulties.
Encouragement is a vital low-cost tool that high-performance leaders use to motivate their teams. And it has returns of extremely high value. They understand that taking the blame even on behalf of team members is worth it when it is meant to preserve the esteem and livelihood of a team member. They, also, can give their own credit away if that will preserve life.
High performance leadership- what is it? It is a designed model of leadership that aims at efficiency of a leader and how to get their teams equally great while evaluating weaknesses and strengths in the same spectrum. Do you have the 7 Es that make effective high performance leadership a reality?