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Working smart for greatness


The majority of leaders in our institutions are preoccupied with the “busyness” delusion.

They have a misconception that being full of activity is synonymous with effectiveness.

How many people do you know who toil flat out during the course of the day and into the night but the results that they generate do not tally with the amount of energy expended?

Leadership is not about being busy or pretending to be doing something, but it has more to do with the production of worthwhile results.

The world is not concerned about the amount of sweat you produce in your routine execution of duty.

Instead, the world, the institution that you work for and the family you were born into are all concerned about how much you produce to attain the set goals at hand.

What benefit will it be to the organisation you work for if you perspire greatly but the level of results is miles away from the anticipated goals?

Every solemn leader must shift from the “busy” mentality to the working smart mode of thinking.

Working smart means focusing strongly on the goals at hand and using everything within one’s arsenal to ensure that the set targets are met.

A leader is sensitive to how he spends his crucial minutes. Do not habitually waste the most precious resource in your life-time.

As a leader, you cannot afford to see your time going down the drain. Your usefulness and extent of influence as a leader depends upon how you value your time.

This is reflected on how you use the time.
Numerous leaders speculate why they are failing to achieve much in the institutions they lead.

A closer look at how they spend their time reveals that too much time is wasted in meetings that do not add value to themselves as individuals and even to the function they represent.

In some scenarios, these leaders come out of meetings in a worse condition than when they entered.

A serious leader who desires to leave an ineradicable mark upon the face of the world must make worthwhile decisions in matters relating to time.

Critically assess the time you spend on those things that do not add any value to your life.

Opportunities pass by and are lost for good because the person supposed to have an encounter with such an opportunity is engaged in activity elsewhere, on less productive assignments.

Most of the time, we hear leaders complaining about how unfortunate they have been when they miss out on chances yet they are to blame.

The opportunity will have presented itself while they were preoccupied with immaterial things. This is the “busyness” fallacy and its consequences.

From time to time, leaders fail dismally because they spend a great deal of their time scrutinising the work of their subordinates.

What these leaders fail to grasp is that they are not paid exclusively for the assessment of others’ work.

Instead, they are paid for the overall contribution they make to the entity. In most cases, the titles that people embrace do not align with what they contribute to the bottom line.

Other leaders are losing out on opportunities because their attention is entirely focused on the immediate challenges. Immediate challenges should be addressed but if the full thrust of a leader is on the deadline and the report that is due next week, then there is a serious problem.

Every leader should be a visionary who sees beyond the current challenges and maps out where the overall entity is heading. Never be overly engaged with what is at hand even though it may be important.

You will be shocked to wake up the following morning to note that everything has changed, much to your dislike. Be smart enough to see beyond next week, month and year. A true leader is the one who even sees beyond their own generation.

Every leader in Zimbabwe should come to the realisation that the season that we are sailing through will soon pass. It will not always be winter. Better things will surely come our way.

Do not stop learning because it appears as though everything is going down.

The days of being too tiresome are over. See the superior realities and start to smart things up. You won’t benefit anything by being “busy”.

Your family will not even profit much from your “busyness”.

The reason why we have some of the challenges at hand is because of leaders who pretend to be busy yet they are the greatest liabilities to the very systems they are supposed to be protecting.

Contemporary leaders talk too much without adding anything of value to the family, organisation or national fiscus.

There are many promises that have been made by so-called leaders but such promises never materialise.

Bona fide men and women of spine are called for who offer their best to ensure that the greater good is attained.

One of the greatest questions which ought to be answered by every leader is what difference they are making by their presence.

It is regrettable that the difference that several organisational, religious and national leaders have made is more in the negative than the positive.

Are you not a danger to the institution that you work for? Aren’t your subordinates complaining because you have ceased to be of any material, emotional or moral benefit?

Someone put it better when they said that the leaders of this age are more like a game ranger who has turned into a poacher. What this means is that the leader has gone beyond their sell-by date.

Be a smart cadre who is driven by the need to positively impact upon humanity.

Make the rightful choice today and the world will never be the same again because of your contribution.
Leave “busyness” aside and strive towards working smart.

Noah Mangwarara is a motivational speaker and leadership expert. Feedback on 0772 884 509/ nmangwarara@gmail.com

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