Five Habits of the Effective Executive

by Scott Jeffrey


Effectiveness is a habit; that is, a complex of practices,” Peter Drucker wrote.

“And practices can always be learned. Practices are simple, deceptively so; even a seven-year-old has no difficulty in understanding a practice. But practices are always exceedingly hard to do well … Practices one learns by practicing and practicing and practicing again.”

In The Effective Executive, Drucker highlights five habits that executives must acquire to get things done:

1) Time Consciousness

Effective executives are aware of where they spend their time.

SeeUsing Creative Time Blocks

2) Outward Contribution

Effective executives focus on outward contribution to the organization, and ultimately, the customer. They gear their efforts toward results, not work.

3) Strength-Focused Mindset

Effective executives build on their own strengths as well as the strengths of their superiors, colleagues, and subordinates. They do not build on weakness or start out with things they cannot do.

SeeHow to Discover Your Strengths in Increase Authentic Happiness

4) Measurable Results

Effective executives concentrate on the few critical areas where superior performance produces measurable results.

) Effective Decisions

Effective executives make effective decisions. They focus on a small number of fundamental decisions that improve their organization and the business itself.

See: How to Access Your Inner Guide to Make Difficult Decisions

The Effective Executive and Entrepreneur

How do you measure up with these five habits?

Where can you improve your level of effectiveness?

What can you start doing today?

As author Aldous Huxley wrote, “There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”

Read Next

Seven Principles of Effective Feedback

Read Self-Development Guides

10 Best Personal Development Books for Meaningful Growth

10 Best Self Help Books to Jumpstart Your Path to Higher Achievement

10 Best Business Books for Professional Development and Higher Performance in Your Work

7 Steps to Discover Your Core Values