After nearly a decade of research, I have come to realize that people do not fall short of the objective because they run out of time or talent – they run out of energy.
According to research from Gallup, less than 15% of employees worldwide currently feel engaged with their jobs. And we know engagement isn’t just about the number of hours we put into a task – it’s about the quality of the energy we bring to each hour.
And yet, In the world of business, we often think in units of time rather than units of energy. That is changing. Leaders who thrive must now quickly come to understand that managing time is not enough. We need to learn how to manage our own energy, as well as the energy of the people around us.
Unlike time, energy can be difficult to measure. Project managers, for example, can predict, with some degree of accuracy, how many hours it will take to start and complete an initiative. But what about the amount of energy it will take to deliver a quality outcome? That’s trickier to quantify.
One important thing to keep in mind is that when we talk about energy, we’re not referring to caffeine-infused, chest-thumping, table-pounding behavior. We’re referring to creativity, optimism, and resilience. When you have a high level of energy, you’re more likely to stay committed to a task even when the going gets tough.
In contrast, when people lack energy, they become disengaged, less productive, and more likely to leave a task unfinished or abandon a project altogether. I travel the world studying leaders of organizations. One of the most common things I hear about a failed initiative is that it began with a lot of excitement, but fizzled out over time.
How to build an energy-forward culture
Building energy and keeping it high requires a multifaceted approach. Here are some simple strategies you can put into practice immediately:
The world of work is changing, and we must change with it. Managing units of time is no longer sufficient. Every leader must now understand how to manage energy. It is quickly becoming an essential leadership quality in 2023 and beyond.
Leaders who don’t catch up will be left behind. The ones who do will be better equipped to inspire their team members, manage their workload, and foster the type of environment that talented people never want to leave.
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