7 Things Senior Leaders Love That Everyone Else Hates

7. THIS NEW THING THAT WON’T TAKE ANY TIME

Finally, another thing senior leaders love that everyone else hates is a new idea that the senior leader is convinced won’t take you (the team member) much time at all.

Senior leaders almost always underestimate the amount of work and time involved in a project. I do this for myself…but I especially do this to my team unless I check myself.

Most senior leaders stink at estimating the amount of time it takes to get a job done. In particular, they stink at estimating the amount of time it takes to a get task done that they’re not doing.

Want to make your team love you just a little more and not die under the burden of endless tasks?

Two things.

First, why not let them tell you how long it will take and how much effort it will take. Ask, don’t tell.

Second, begin your one-on-ones with your direct reports by asking them how they’re doing before.

Smart leaders always ask the team how they’re doing before they ask them what they’re doing.

UNDERSTAND YOURSELF BETTER…(MUCH BETTER)

Of all the mysteries we try to crack as leaders, the mystery of leading ourselves is one of the greatest.

That’s why I’m so excited about my new book, Didn’t See It Coming. It’s all about overcoming the seven greatest challenges everyone experiences, and no one expects.

THINK YOU OR YOUR TEAM MIGHT BE BURNING OUT? TAKE THE QUIZ!

If after reading this post you feel too tired to change anything, take my free burnout quiz to see whether you may be burning out. Run your team through the quiz so they can see how healthy you are.

Burnout is one of the subjects I cover in detail in Didn’t See It Coming. Leaders are raving about how the book is helping them get their life and leadership back.

Jud Wilhite, Lead Pastor of Central Church, Las Vegas, called Didn’t See It Coming “the most important book you’ll read all year.”

Brian Houston and Andy Stanley call it ‘powerful.’

Check it out for yourself and pick up your copy here.

ANYTHING YOU’D ADD TO THE LIST?

So, senior leaders and teams, anything you’d add to the list?

How are you getting better at all of this?

This article originally appeared here.

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Carey Nieuwhof
Speaker and podcaster Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church, one of the largest and most influential churches in Canada. With over 6 million downloads, The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast features today's top leaders and cultural influencers. His most recent book is “Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the 7 Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences.” Carey and his wife, Toni, reside near Barrie, Ontario and have two children.