15 Daily Habits of Great Leaders to Try in 2019

“Keep it simple” and “do less, lead more” are two leadership trends for 2019, but adding one more daily habit to your routine could make a big impact on you or your business.

In our “10 Minute Tips From the Top” podcast, host Kevin Daum asks YPO members to name one daily behavior that will help a leader grow. From following current events to regrouping in between meetings, here are 15 simple strategies to boost your leadership in the new year.

Adding one more daily habit to your routine could make a big impact on your leadership or business.
  1. Come up with one thing that you’re going to do today to create a more engaging environment for your team. – Santiago Jaramillo, CEO and Co-Founder of Emplify
  2. Read something useful every day. – Ramon Riancho IV, President and CEO of Indusa Americas Group LLC
  3. Keep learning every day. – Shiyin Cai, Founder and CEO of Dialogue in the Dark (China)
  4. Continuous improvement in yourself is important. Stay outside of your comfort zone and always try to learn more. – Jon DeArment, President and COO of Channellock
  5. Make time in between meetings for both reflecting and preparing for the next meeting. – Asheesh Advani, President and CEO of JA Worldwide
  6. Reflect every day at the end of the day on the mistakes you made. – Jessica Mah, Founder and CEO of inDinero
  7. The game is changing constantly, and you have to be prepared to make mistakes. You’ve got to be able to get up off the mat when you make a wrong decision and get back at it. – Peter Jessiman, President of Wescan Capital and Co-owner of Bison Transport
  8. Practicing gratitude is really important. – Rachel Mielke, Founder and CEO of Hillberg & Berk
  9. I’ve been very struck by the discipline of taking the time to do 30 second reflections on key interactions that you’ve had during the day and extracting key lessons. – Anthony Farr, Founder and CEO of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
  10. Wake up early in the morning and do sports. – Anna Brakenhielm, CEO of Passion for Business and Skillinge Dressyr
  11. Apportion part of your day to make sure you’re in tune with current events: those with your staff, those with your market, those with your customers, and those generally in the political landscape. – Don Duval, CEO of NORCAT
  12. It’s important to take a moment to identify your daily purpose and what you’re trying to get out of a certain situation. – Laura Van Til, President and COO of The Kessler Collection
  13. Just sitting there and listening to yourself breathe for five minutes is so powerful. – Dan Price, Founder and CEO of Gravity Payments
  14. Always ask why. Why are we sitting in a meeting? Why are we doing this report? Why are we doing this task? – Giovanna D’Esposito, founder of PaddyPower and Sky Bet in Italy
  15. Speak to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while who may not be on your same wavelength. – Paul Tao, Managing Director of New Heritage Investment Limited

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