Genuine Leadership #5: Sources of Energy

Are you tired all the time? While it might be a physical thing (e.g. Vitamin D deficiency), or maybe you need to drink more caffeine, it could also be that you're running low on energy. Leadership Freak highlights a few ways to recapture energy. Before I share my favorites from his list, here's his main point:
Managing energy is more important than managing time. It doesn’t matter how much time you have if your energy-tank is empty. Results-only leaders have empty-tank teams.
He suggests, "Do less of what drains you and more of what gives you energy." What's kind of fascinating is the idea that leaders/managers can feed staff what they need. I have to admit, I've seldom encountered this kind of leader. Dr. Brad Johnson said it this way:
Leaders, be aware of what you’re feeding your staff. They feed off your  behaviors, attitudes, words, and actions. Are you feeding them what they need to grow?
I like Dan Rockwell (Leadership Freak) approach because it doesn't depend on being fed by the leader. Here are some of my favorites from Rockwell's list:

1) “…complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting loss in one’s sense of space and time. (Wikipedia)
I can't disagree with this. Every time I find myself getting caught up in distractions, I focus on the work I'm doing. Whether it's a blog entry, workshop prep, or learning something new, the next thing I know, the rest of the issues fade away. They don't go away, they still need to be resolved, but I can find a space to breathe, a moment to explore the road ahead.

2) Creating a gratitude list. 
I've already covered gratitude in other blog entries, but it's one of the best ways to find a different perspective from which to see what's happening.

3) Simplicity and order. Throw stuff away.
People often walk into my office and they say, "When are you planning to decorate?" The answer is, "Never." The more spartan the look, the more bare bones, the better. A part of me wonders why I prefer less clutter.
“Clear desk means that at the end of each day the only items remaining will be monitor(s), keyboard, mouse, mouse pad, telephone handset and headset, one A5 photo frame and ergonomic equipment (ie footstool, gel wrist pad etc).”
Of course, while this can be oppressive for some, I have a choice about what the room can look like. You may want to read the whole study. For now, finding simplicity in a minimalist office arrangement provides me with some energy.

What gives you energy?

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