What is your definition of a “Valuable Resource?” According to Merriam a natural feature or phenomenon that enhances the quality of human life, or a source of information or expertise, or an ability to meet and handle a situation. Is that the definition you had in mind?
Probably not. It is a known fact that as humans we are not very good at focusing and staying on one thing for a given amount of time. What do we do then? We are all a bunch of ADD and ADDHD people who flit from one thing to another with no real direction or commitment. We have that age old issue of “Bright Shiny Object Syndrome”!
However, we now from the Pareto Principle that by focusing on the top 20% of our priorities you and I will get an 80% return on that commitment!
For 20+ years, I have coached my clients on these three simple questions:
- What is required of me? [What must I do that I cannot pass off or delegate to another person?]
- What gives me the greatest return? [You already know this to be true, there are some things you do that yield great results and others that yield nothing.]
- What would give me the greatest reward? [This is about satisfying your ego. We each must possess the discipline to give time to this question, but more importantly we must complete 1 and then 2 first to get this reward.]
These three questions are a foundation for growth and leadership development. When you know this, you are a leader who can help other grow their leadership skills also.
The law of the lid [from 21 Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell] says this: “How well you lead, determines how well you succeed.“
As a leader of a team, an organization, a church group, a family, or other business, you and how you use your time is a most valuable resource. Let those around you see you using your time wisely. Mentor and train this asset in every aspect of your life, personally and professionally.
Remember this: “People naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves!”
What will you change today in terms of your most valuable resource?