Want to do a better job at work? Start your day by thinking about it. A new study finds that spending a few minutes focusing on what kind of leadership role you want to play can make you more effective at your job - even if you’re not the boss.
“It’s as simple as taking a few moments in the morning while you’re drinking your coffee to reflect on who you want to be as a leader,” explains study author Remy Jennings. Study participants who took this step were more likely to report helping coworkers and “providing strategic vision” than on days they didn’t do the reflection. They also reported feeling more “leaderlike” on those days, like they had more power and influence in the office.
Want to try a morning leadership boost? The researchers recommend thinking about:
What are some of your proudest leadership moments?
What qualities do you have that make you a good leader, or will in the future?
Who do you want to be as a leader? Imagine what that looks like for you.
What effect do you want to have on your employees? What traits or skills do you have that can help with those goals?
Just a few minutes can entirely change your focus for the rest of the day.
Source:University of Florida News