4 Ways to Practice Thinking Like a Leader


Responsible as he is for founding and spearheading an entire group of companies, Rob O’Byrne knows a thing or two about business leadership. He also believes in sharing what he knows in order to help others succeed professionally, especially those keen to forge their own paths in business. In keeping with Rob’s penchant for coaching, guiding and mentoring professionals of all ages and stages in their careers, today’s blog post is focused on how you might help yourself on the path to business leadership by applying new approaches to the way you think.   Practical Tips for Thinking Like a Leader After reading this short guide you’ll be able to practice thinking like a leader, which is a quality you’ll need to gain and maintain a role as the head of your own business or (if you prefer the security of employment) that of your employer’s organisation. Of course you might well ask if it’s necessary to practice thinking like a leader. As Rob would be the first to tell you, experienced business leaders themselves recognise the value of practice and self-assessment relating to the way in which they think issues through and arrive at decisions. In fact, they are more than likely to follow the development methods described in the following four tips. Broaden Your Professional Knowledge Whenever you have opportunity, spend time studying publications and online content relating to your industry. Focus especially on how various enterprises have developed and implemented successful strategies. Thinking like a leader requires a continuous appetite to learn from peers and competitors, and to understand strategy. Ponder Like an Analyst Successful leaders are able to apply analytical skills to their thought processes. You can practice this thinking discipline the next time you are faced with a problem, even a very small one. Instead of fixating on the first and most obvious solution...