Elevating Leadership Series: Staying Focused

Elevating Leadership Series: Staying Focused

Greetings Leaders and Managers!!!!

Progress loves focus. But sometimes, our focus loves shiny things. Shiny things love messing up your revenue.

Leading others requires self-leadership first. Leading yourself requires self-discipline. One aspect of self-discipline is focus. By remaining focused on the objectives and completing the tasks that will meet those objectives, we lead our team to excellence.

Still, I know that there are external things that are competing for your focus.

  • Fears
  • Frustration
  • Personal pressure (just to name a few…)

You know who else is dealing with those same things? Your managers and team members. And, if everyone dedicates their mental and emotional real estate to things other than the objectives, the team loses focus individually and as a group.

If you can compartmentalize—put away the distractors temporarily—you can focus on the objectives. I’m not saying don’t deal with the distractors; I’m simply recommending that you deal with the distractors at a time when you can offer each of them the focus they need.

If you’re at work leading your team and you’re not focusing because you’re thinking about an argument (for example) you must have with a colleague, a significant other, or a family member, then you’re focusing on neither. And, if you’re not focusing, you’re not going to do well in either case. The objectives in your place of business are going to slip from your grasp, and the argument may descend into a screaming match instead of a healthy discourse if you don’t focus at the appropriate time.

So, focus. You can’t be excellent if you don’t.

Focus is a skill that requires discipline, and discipline requires habituation. Inasmuch, here’s a four-step framework for maintaining your focus and maintaining your team members’ focus.

Step 1: COMMIT

Make a decision. Actively prioritize your time and thoughts to your professional duties. You’re in your place of business for a finite number of hours each day, so achieving excellence requires you to be efficient. So, look at the objectives and look at their subordinate tasks. Set timelines to tackle them, divide the work and delegate it among your team members, then do step two.

Step 2: MODEL

If you appear frazzled and distracted, you’ll become radioactive, spreading it to your team. Stop it. Compartmentalize. Then, show that calculated leadership to your team. Be positive and constructive. Keep them positive and constructive. I’m not suggesting you pretend; I’m suggesting that you rein in what’s going on in your life and focus on what is necessary at that time. And, your focus will facilitate their performance. Model the way.

Step 3: COACH

Encourage the team to focus on the tasks and meeting metrics. Foster their sense of teamwork and collaboration. If individuals are distracted, talk to them. Offer an ear. Coach their focus. Explain the objectives and how you want your team to tackle tasks in specific spaces of time. Assert how important their focus is to the success and excellence of the team. At the end of the day, you need to ensure that all the component members (you included) are focused in order to ensure the whole team is focused.


With your commitment to excellence reaffirmed and your team tuned to fire on all cylinders, you can focus on the objectives. Don’t focus on just meeting them, though; focus on exceeding them. Once you’re done, and you head out, focus on tackling the things that were distracting you and succeed at those, too!

Staying focused will ensure that objectives are met, and the bottom line continuously grows.

The faster you COMMIT, the faster you can MODEL. The faster you MODEL, the sooner you can COACH. The sooner you COACH, the quicker you can SUCCEED.


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