Five Habits of the Effective Executiveby 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:
Table of Contents
1) Time Consciousness
Effective executives are aware of where they spend their time.
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.
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.
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.”