Developing task-oriented skills helps you to become an effective leader 6

from book The Leader Habit: Master the Skills You Need to Lead–in Just Minutes a Day

Do you think of yourself more as a task-oriented leader, or a people-oriented leader?
First and foremost, if you’re going to lead a team you must be able to get stuff finished. In short you’ll need to become more efficient at task-oriented behaviors.
Let’s look more closely at Plan and Organize Work, a skill that is essential for successfully completing tasks. It forms part of Getting Things Done. The idea is to frame delegation work and resources in a way that a team can easily understand.
The first microbehavior demanded here is the creation of a detailed project plan. This plan should contain information regarding individual task responsibilities and a clear set of deadlines. When the project is next discussed, be sure to give the team a few minutes to suggest one actionable task and its associated deadline. For instance, they could set themselves a deadline of September 20, by which they need to produce the draft of a new brochure.
The next group of skills falls under the heading Solving Problems and Decision Making. These are Analyze Information, Think Through Solutions, Make Good Decisions and Focus on Customers.
Finding a Common Theme is an essential microbehavior needed for analyzing information. Try it out. When you next find yourself thinking about a problem, list it out using clear bullet points. Then spend a few moments trying to identify a common theme.
Imagine, for instance, that your employees have been clashing, missing deadlines and working on finishing the wrong tasks. What’s the common theme here? It’s simple: your team lacks coordination.
There is one final skill set that forms part of the Getting Things Done category. This is Leading Change. It breaks down into: Sell the Vision, Innovate and Manage Risk.
All habit-making exercises will ultimately mold your leadership abilities. If you’re set on becoming a better innovator, try brainstorming creative solutions to a problem. The next time you’re faced with an issue, take five minutes to think about what solution could be achieved – this time with infinite financial resources. The sky’s the limit!