“What you do daily determines what you become permanently”

-Mike Mardock

Being a great leader can be challenging. It requires an extensive skill set, an assertive but respectable presence, and an approachable demeanor. Effective leadership though is not just about the characteristics of a person but also the habits they practice on a day to day basis.

Here are some habits of great leaders that can be practiced daily to help mold you into being a more effective leader.

Plan Ahead

Aside from having a long-term vision and an overarching approach to life, great leaders also have the habit of planning out short-term tasks that get them and their team to where they need to be. A weekly overview can be great to assist in plotting out meetings, deadlines, and other appointments, but many of the best leaders will take this idea a step further and create daily to-do lists as well. Planning your day out every morning, or better yet, the night before will give you an advantage over those who just “go with the flow” on a day-to-day basis. Creating a to-do list the night before will help ensure that the next day starts off with you taking charge of the day, instead of the day taking charge of you. This will help you get through those must-do tasks in an organized manner, maximizing your time and productivity.

Planning for the next day will allow others to see how focused you are. It shows your team that you have priorities, minimal distractions, and are goal-oriented.  These are all things that individuals look for in a good leader.

The Early Bird Gets The Worm

Waking up early in the morning has been proven to be one of the greatest “secrets” to success. Those who are early risers are more likely to get ahead in the workplace and develop the skills necessary to become future leaders. This “early riser” habit impacts the quantity and productivity of individuals but also the quality of work that they produce. Waking up earlier provides extra time to gather one’s thoughts and better prepare to tackle the day.

Effective leaders tend to value time the most. Having time to work on their mind and body through exercise, healthy eating, meditation, or reading can help someone start the day with a clear and focused mind, leading to a more successful and productive workday.

Learn everyday

Ever heard the saying, “If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.”? Well, this applies to many of the most highly effective leaders as well. Most great leaders don’t have a “know it all” mentality, instead, they are constantly taking active steps toward expanding their knowledge on a daily basis.

Learning something new each day is usually a habit that some of the greatest leaders will practice. Consistently seeking wisdom can keep you ahead of the game and ahead in your industry. But this habit goes beyond just reading on current industry trends or improving work skills. It can also be applied to various areas in life- like learning a new word, trying a new route to a destination, practicing a new sport, adopting new hobbies, or trying a new recipe. Highly effective leaders also make it a point to learn from those around them. Whether it be their mentors, other successful professionals, or their employees- great leaders never shy away from an opportunity to learn something new. Those who are constantly seeking knowledge and actively finding ways to improve themselves tend to be viewed as more likable, approachable, and humble.

It’s all about Perspective

Lastly, effective leaders always try to put things into perspective. They will find reason in everything that they go through- whether it be good or bad. They tend to learn from bad experiences and then reframe mistakes as opportunities to learn, develop, and ultimately become better leaders.

Worksite Pay’s platform offers a number of programs to help increase employee skill levels. Offering effective employee development programs can help shape employees into great leaders. Providing your employees with ongoing trainings and employee development will help your employees do the best work they can and ultimately help you grow your business.  Book a demo today to learn more about how our platform can help you with employee development and growing your business!