The secret of managing your


Some people think leaders are born.

I don't. I think leadership skills can

be honed if we understand our

strengths and weaknesses,

and this understanding starts by

knowing what to look for.

That's what The Essence of

Leadership is all about.

What are some of the qualities that

separate the good from the great


Here's a short excerpt from my

book titled "Manage Your Energy"

that I hope you'll enjoy.

How to manage your energy can

be one of the keys to leadership. It

is felt that leadership and energy

were joined at the hip. It is

impossible to have one without the

other. It is said that all starts with

knowing yourself, knowing your

limitations, and knowing when you

perform best.

The key, for this, is to schedule one

' s most crucial activities when

energy levels are at their peak. for

example, schedules important

meetings and writing time in the

mornings when found the most


Activities of less urgency are

scheduled in the afternoons.


also, winds down at home in the

evenings, he saves an hour or two

for writing letters and for light


Of course, he said, a schedule

doesn't always cooperate, but

following this general philosophy

has served him well.

It is said that to be at your best,

find your zone of optimum velocity

by observing the pace and intensity

at which you perform best. This is

the zone at which you are most

creative, unstressed, happy and


Above the zone:

First you experience stress and

frustration, then anxiety, and finally

burnout. At this level you are

overwhelming yourself with too

much to accomplish at one time.

Lighten up a bit to get back on


In the zone:

You are at your best. Not stressed,

going with the flow of work

naturally, productive and self-

assured, challenged but not

overwhelmed, motivated and able

to roll with problems.

Below the zone:

First you experience boredom, then

apathy, and finally depression. You

feel useless and artificial; self-

esteem suffers. Bite off more and

take on a greater challenge to get

back on track.

The key to managing energy is


It almost sounds too simple to be

important, however, without

exercise energy levels and attitude

"take a hit."

Lastly, protecting and replenishing

your emotional energy is critical for

every leader.

Mira Kirshenbaum, in her book The

Emotional Energy Factor, offers a

refreshing, down-to-earth approach:

"First, you plug the leaks: learn to

recognize what drains your energy -

life situations, toxic people, or

habits such as worry, indecision or

guilt. Second, you identify what fills

your tank - pleasure, prayer,

anticipation, or fun - and give

yourself more."

So live with Passion!!!

(This article is submitted by:Natverlal Jadav)