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Redefining Productivity: Moving Beyond ‘Busy’ Leadership

Redefining Productivity: Moving Beyond ‘Busy’ Leadership

In the fast-paced world of leadership, the term “busy” has become a badge of honour. Leaders often find themselves caught in a whirlwind of tasks, believing that constant activity is the key to success. However, at Pathrive, we challenge this notion. We believe in the power to “unglorify busy” and shifting towards a more strategic, impactful approach to leadership.

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The first step in this journey is self care. It may seem counterintuitive but dedicating 10-15 minutes a day to yourself can significantly enhance your productivity and overall wellbeing. This simple habit of prioritizing your needs and finding joy in your daily life is a cornerstone of our approach.

Next, we emphasize the importance of empowering boundaries. As a leader, it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to meet everyone else’s needs, often at the expense of your own. However, without firm boundaries, even the most effective leadership tools become useless. By setting and enforcing these boundaries, you can regain control of your time and prevent the overwhelming busyness that often comes with leadership roles.

Finally, we encourage leaders to focus on playing their role effectively. It’s easy to get caught up in trying to do everything, but this often leads to a lack of focus and a sense of being overwhelmed. By concentrating on your unique role and responsibilities, you can ensure that your team functions effectively and that your time is spent on the tasks that truly matter.

One of our clients, Sonya, a people leader in the hospitality industry, is a perfect example of this approach in action. Sonya hadn’t had a weekend off in almost a year, believing that constant work was necessary for success. However, after adopting our strategies, Sonya not only started enjoying consistent weekends off, but she also won two national awards for her and her team’s performance.

The shift from “busy” to impactful leadership brings numerous benefits. Leaders who make this shift find themselves being proactive rather than reactive, leading with confidence, and building a foundation for sustainable success. They focus on delivering valuable outputs rather than just being available, transforming their leadership approach from task-oriented to strategic.

However, it’s important to address a common misconception: that being “busy” is just the way it is. This belief is not only false but also harmful. Being “busy” is a choice, and often the easy one. It’s far more challenging – and rewarding – to choose to be strategic and focus on tasks that truly matter.

We invite you to join us on this journey to unglorify busy and embrace a new, more effective approach to leadership. 

Download the Pathrive app to access content inside our “Beyond Busy Pathway”. For additional support, we’ve opened additional 1:1 “Beyond Busy Breakthrough” spots for July and August to help leaders sprint out of the blocks fast in FY24. 

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Let’s redefine what it means to thrive beyond busy together.

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