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6 Leadership Tools Great Leaders Keep On Their Desk

6 Leadership Tools Great Leaders Keep On Their Desk

The environment in which you work greatly affects your attitude, productivity, and ability to focus. Great leaders know this. And in order to be the most effective, great leaders seek out the best leadership tools. They organize their workspace so that these tools are in easy reach.

But this post may not be what you thought. It’s not about gadgets or software. Not all tools are literal and physical. The best leadership tools are behavioral and available to all. They are attitudes that shape how we lead. They are intentional strategies that make a difference in one’s leadership. They are tools that can be carried with you anywhere.

These common leadership tools, metaphors really, can be found on any great leader’s desk.

3 Tips For Reading On A Kindle Or Other E-reader

3 Tips For Reading On A Kindle Or Other E-reader


“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” ~ Harry Truman

There is no doubt that digital publishing has changed the publishing world. But I was a hold out.

Entering into a meeting with a consulting group, one of the men offered to help me with my bag while I grabbed a few things to carry to our meeting room. When I handed him the bag, he immediately reacted to how heavy it was.

He wondered aloud why my bag was so heavy. I told him it was because in addition to my laptop and various pens and notebooks, I usually carry around several books that I am working through.

Without any hesitation he stated rather bluntly, “Why don’t you just get a Kindle?”

A little taken aback by his directness and that he clearly expected an answer, I blurted out something about preferring paper books.

My Trusted System for Getting Things Done

My Trusted System for Getting Things Done

If you are not familiar with this term, where in the world have you been! A trusted system is your method for managing your tasks (open loops) in such away that you consistently get things done.

David Allen literally wrote the book on Getting Things Done. If you have not read the book, it is definitely worth it. I read the 2001 edition, but there is an updated version for 2015. Even if you read the original, it may be worth buying the new version as there are so many more available GTD tools today. Many of which are designed around David Allen’s GTD philosophy.

Let me be clear, this is a post about personal productivity. I am not talking about a system for managing team oriented projects.

“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”
― David Allen

The basic premise of a trusted system is that it allows you to account for all your “open loops” – those things you need to do, calls you need to make, projects you need to follow up on, including items that are well in the future that you need to remember at the appropriate time. Once in your trusted system, you don’t have to worry about forgetting them and your mind can relax. A trusted system includes behaviors (like regularly reviewing your “inbox,” “waiting,” and “next actions” lists) and tools (your chosen methods or applications for each).