The Essential Time Management Power Skills for Leadership Success

Have you ever wondered how some leaders seem to effortlessly manage their time, achieving more while maintaining a sense of calm and control?

In the realm of leadership, time management is not just a skill, but a pivotal cornerstone that determines success or failure. Recognizing its significance, we recently hosted The Essential Time Management Masterclass, driven by the frequent questions from our clients seeking to conquer the clock and accomplish more without stretching themselves too thin.

In this article, we’re excited to share with you the key takeaways and strategies from the masterclass. These insights are designed to not just boost your productivity, but also transform time into your most powerful ally in leadership.

Time is the most valuable currency you’ve got

Time, undoubtedly, is the most valuable currency in leadership. It’s a key resource that, when managed well, can lead to exceptional decision-making, increased productivity, and high performance that can be sustained over time. Mismanaged, it becomes a source of endless stress and missed opportunities. Understanding and respecting the value of time is the first step in mastering it. 

Leaders grapple with a myriad of time-related challenges, from managing conflicting priorities in a world where everything feels urgent and striking a balance between maintaining control and empowering team members, to setting proper boundaries and managing frequent interruptions and distractions. You’re not alone!

While we have all been guilty of falling into these traps, it is possible to create a better relationship with time, both through cultivating a time abundance mindset and using proven time management skills and strategies. 

Three essential time management power skills

Power skill #1: prioritize and delegate like a pro

You may have heard about the Eisenhower Matrix – a simple yet powerful tool that can revolutionize how leaders prioritize tasks. We have modified it to create our own version that divides tasks into four quadrants based on working in your Zone of Genius and time sensitivity of the task. 

A Zone of Genius was described by psychologist Gay Hendricks in this book The Big Leap. This is where your greatest passion meets your natural talents – and where you can capitalize on your innate gifts – making the greatest impact only you can make. It can also be described as work that is most energizing, meaningful and rewarding to you.

We love this tool because it ensures that you focus on what truly matters. 

Once you’ve determined which tasks to delegate, here is an advanced delegation strategy that our clients use to get the best results:

  • Firstly, clearly define the task, the expected outcome and what’s required to achieve it.
  • Secondly, identify to whom you’ll delegate and why, and clearly communicate the details and expectations to them. 
  • Thirdly, co-create the action plan, including responsibilities, timeline, resources to complete the task, and how you’ll track success. Instill the sense of ownership and serve as a guide to your team. 
  • Lastly, reflect, learn and offer feedback and recognition upon task completion. Effective delegation not only lightens your workload but also empowers and motivates your team. 

Power skill #2: set boundaries and say ‘no’ to create success

Why is setting boundaries important? Not only does it increase your productivity and impact, but it also prevents resentment and protects your wellbeing. Setting boundaries requires saying ‘no’ if a project or task is outside your current capacity or skill set. This is critical for healthy collaboration, creativity and innovation, which results from generative conversations and solving problems together when the answer is no so clear-cut. 

Check out our blog article about the art of saying ‘no’ for specific examples.

Power skill #3: protect your focus time

In an era of constant connectivity, protecting your focus time is crucial. Calendar management is key tool – block out time for deep work vs. meetings vs. breaks, and ensure your team, colleagues and collaborators are aware of these periods. 

Be aware of your energy flow during the day, as well as what types of activities are energizing or draining. For example, you could schedule less energizing activities when you have more energy during your workday, and then follow them with work that you really enjoy to replenish your tank. 

Other focus time strategies include: 

  • Utilizing technology tools to limit distractions (like changing your virtual status to ‘focus time’)
  • Setting specific office hours when colleagues can come to you with requests
  • Creating a work environment conducive to concentration
  • Asking your colleague to schedule a meeting for another time

Remember, every interruption is potential thief of productivity.

In summary, mastering time management is an essential facet of effective leadership. Implementing the above strategies will not only enhance your leadership capabilities, but also improve your overall quality of life. Remember, time is the canvas on which you paint your leadership legacy; manage it wisely.


Ready to optimize your next month’s schedule? Book a FREE 30-min call with our Transformational Leadership Coach, Anya Chernyshova, for personalized strategies and insights.

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