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Habits of a Leader

Post by CEO Daniel Harkavy on Jan 10, 2015

Years ago, I shared a lesson I called My Way with a group of wonderful clients who are in our Masters’ Coach Program.  After years of working with top performers in many roles and industries, I came to realize that most of them have some set patterns in their lives. It’s their way of living life.

What these people do is that they at some point make an intentional decision and then manage their many distractions, challenges and opportunities, to execute on that decision repeatedly until it becomes habit. They do this with dozens of things each and every day until these habits become their way of doing business and life.

Most of the time, these decisions will cause discomfort or the possibility of failure, but they make the decision to go for it anyway.

For example, here is a version of My Way.

  • Wake up at 6:00 in order to have an hour of quiet time before the kids wake
  • Exercise daily at lunch
  • Walk the floor and connect with teammates before entering the office in the morning
  • One day for ON time the last Friday of every month
  • Ending every meeting with a recap of what was decided, committed to, by whom and by when
  • Planning for tomorrow daily at 4:00 PM
  • Calling my spouse daily before lunch to just connect and check in
  • Writing five notes to people a day
  • Turning the radio off in the car while driving home to mentally prepare to give my best to those at home when I walk through the front door
  • Soaking in the tub with my spouse nightly to have time to just be, to listen and to connect

I could go on for pages with examples. I know each of you have your way as well. My hope is that this will challenge you to look at yours and see which decisions need to be changed. Some might need to be dropped or done differently. You may find that you need to make some decisions today and begin the process of managing those decisions until they become new habits.

My hope is that my way helps you to make your way even more rewarding and intentional.

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CEO Daniel Harkavy

CEO Daniel Harkavy

With more than 25 years of coaching experience, Daniel has coached thousands of business leaders to peak levels of success, performance, profitability and fulfillment. In 1996, he harnessed his passion for coaching teams and leaders and founded Building Champions, where he serves as CEO and CEO Mentor.

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