Pomodoro Technique for Leaders

Leaders need to balance multiple priorities. However, each of these areas would require adequate focus and attention. How can leaders maximise effectiveness while staying alert to ensure optimum performance?

Let’s take a look at the Pomodoro Technique.



A Good Leader is A Good Coach

Whenever the word “leader” is mentioned, one might visualize an esteemed person standing on a pedestal in front of a crowd of followers.

Now, how about the leader who coaches an individual on a one-on-one basis? In this post, I shall note the following points about how to give feedback in a reassuring and uplifting manner.


1. Provide specific POSITIVE feedback.

2. Ask the colleague what went WELL, rather than stating the negative.

3. Then ask him/her to identify what he/she thought could be IMPROVED. This eliminates the need to highlight areas that the individual is already aware of.

4. Coach about what to consider in the FUTURE rather that what went wrong in the past. This adjustment helps them focus on what they can control compared to what they can’t control.

Enjoy the video.


Benefits of improved leadership skills

There are multiple benefits of being a more effective leader, be it at work, at home or anywhere else. Zooming in to the office environment, I’d like the improvements in my leadership skills to translate into the rise in performance of the organization that I’m in. This, I believe, will be achieved via the social intelligence route – i.e. through better relationships with my co-workers.

And the effect is not just one-off. In fact, taking the first step towards sharpening these skills is likely to create a positive snowball effect, resulting from the virtuous cycles illustrated below:

Improved leadership drives positive change

According to Dr Daniel Goleman, author of the best-selling book Emotional Intelligence , a key element of this process is the ability to listen. Check out the next posting for insights from the man himself.


What does “leadership” mean to me?

I see “leadership” as a person’s position relative to others. With this position, the “leader” is bestowed with the responsibility and legitimacy to influence or impact his/her followers.  At work, leaders provide direction to their fellow colleagues. At home, parents – as leaders – nurture and provide for their children. Religious leaders provide inspiration and guidance to their congregations while military leaders command their army.

Regardless of the situation, “leadership” is operationalised within the context of a “vision” (where we want to go) and a “mission” (purpose of going there).  Thus, “leadership” also involves expectations on how a leader should carry himself/herself, throughout the journey, both in good and bad times.

John Maxwell discusses leadership via the 5 P – levels: Position, Permission, Production, People Development, Personhood.


Picture taken from: http://www.johnmaxwell.com

In fact, one of the “Maxwell-ism” quote says “Leadership is Influence. That’s it. Nothing more; nothing less.”

To me, leadership is a privilege and a blessing.