Time Span: ONE Powerful Way to Stand Out as a Leader

For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on time span in leadership strategy the image shows a female executive standing talking to a team

As a leader, are you considering your time span effectively?

Recently, I was reading an article about how our brains tend to focus on the near future, instead of encouraging us to look farther into the future and plan for that.

As you climb the ladder from manager to executive levels, the more the organization is counting on you to have a longer term strategic vision.

While lower-level managers might focus on short-term goals, VPs and beyond must navigate multi-year strategies.

Elevating your strategic thinking by expanding your time span could be the key to advancement.

If you’re stuck in the weeds of day-to-day tasks, it’s time to recalibrate. Start by doubling your time span from months to years. This shift in perspective not only sets you apart but also aligns you with the organization’s long-term objectives. So, take a moment to reflect: What’s your current time span, and how can you extend it to plan for the future?

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Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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