In the Crosshairs of Success

Mastering the Art of Focus for Effective Leadership

What separates an ordinary leader from a truly effective one? Is it intelligence, charisma, or perhaps vision? While all these traits are significant, there is one quality that plays a vital role, often overlooked, but pivotal – Focus. Focus is the spotlight that illuminates the path towards achieving great things; it is the compass that guides a leader through the maze of leadership challenges.

Imagine being in a room full of scattered and diverse objects. What will draw your attention first? A leader with concentration but no priorities might find himself/herself lost in the details, appreciating the intricate design on a piece of furniture or the texture of the curtains. On the other hand, a leader with priorities but no concentration knows he/she has to find the exit door but gets distracted by the noise, the colors, the chaos. However, a focused leader, who hones both priorities and concentration, immediately locates the exit and navigates his/her way through the room.

But the question arises – how should one channelize their focus? The rule of 70-25-5 comes in handy here. An effective leader spends 70 percent of his/her time leveraging their strengths, the competencies that make them exceptional. By focusing, most of your efforts on what you excel at, you not only achieve excellence but also create a niche for yourself.

Another 25 percent should be dedicated to exploring new things because growth equals change. You need to be a lifelong learner, evolving with each experience, constantly stepping out of your comfort zone to attain progress.

Lastly, only 5 percent should be spent on areas of weakness. Everyone has weaknesses, but continuously focusing on them can become a roadblock in your path to success. However, completely ignoring them isn't the solution either.

So how can you improve your focus?

First, shift your focus to your strengths. Identify the tasks that you excel at in your job and devise a plan to spend 70 percent of your time doing these tasks.

Second, delegate your weaknesses. Figure out the tasks you are less good at and find people who excel in those areas to handle them. By doing so, you are not only utilizing your team's strengths but also making sure the tasks are done efficiently.

Lastly, create your edge. Think about what it would take for you to reach the next level in your primary area of strength. Sometimes, this may require you to rethink how you do things, to bring about an innovative change in your approach.

So, let's ask ourselves – Are we focusing on our strengths, exploring new things, and managing our weaknesses efficiently? Remember, focus is not just about doing the right things, but doing them effectively. Because when focus becomes a habit, success becomes a lifestyle. And that's when you know, you have mastered the art of leadership.

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More by :  P. Mohan Chandran

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Comment nice. but i personally feel not five but 15% time, effort and energy should go in eliminating weaknesses. Still, they who can manage with the 5% cut-off will surely benefit!

Dr. Meghana Ahuja
28-Nov-2023 10:50 AM

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