What Shadowing Reveals About Three Bad Leadership Habits

October 31, 2012 By: Joan Rachel Goldberg

Leaders are as susceptible as anyone to poor workplace habits: Too much time spent on favored tasks at the expense of what really needs to get done. A close look at the time you devote to particular tasks can reveal what needs to be fixed.

With so much to do, executive staff rarely pause to ponder how productive they really are. And when they do, they frequently come up empty. Self-analysis is hard; we're often blind to our own bad habits. By attacking three common workplace problems, however—and the habits that sustain them—we can jump-start self-analysis and productivity. It took my new consulting career to illuminate mistakes I repeatedly made as an executive director. Generous colleagues and remarkably open clients have added to my wisdom. ...