Results-Only Leaders Have Empty-Tank Teams

Managing energy is more important than managing time. It doesn’t matter how much time you have if your energy-tank is empty.

Results-only leaders have empty-tank teams.

4 unbreakable rules of energy:

#1. Four things require energy:

  1. Body when you act.
  2. Spirit when you reflect.
  3. Mind when you think and learn.
  4. Emotion when you feel and relate.

#2. Some things that require energy also give energy.

Some are energized when they feel and relate. Others are exhausted.

#3. Put more in than you take out.

You can’t excel when your tank is empty.

#4. Do less of what drains you and more of what gives you energy.

You go further faster when you put gas in your own tank.

21 sources of energy:

  1. Anything that fulfills purpose. Do more of what matters.
  2. Action that expresses strength.
  3. Progress after effort.
  4. Rest.
  5. “…complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting loss in one’s sense of space and time. (Wikipedia)
  6. Results, talents, and strengths that others honor and respect.
  7. Goals you want to reach and believe you can achieve with work.
  8. Unsolicited and sincere gratitude either from someone or for someone you served. (Send a thank you note.)
  9. Fun in reasonable doses.
  10. Hobbies.
  11. Mini-breaks.
  12. Sleep.
  13. Breathing.
  14. Creating a gratitude list.
  15. Feeling competent and powerful. (Able to do something that has impact.)
  16. Enhancing skills that help you get where you want to go.
  17. Humility.
  18. Simplicity and order. Throw stuff away.
  19. Finishing something.
  20. Taking something off your calendar.
  21. Treating others and yourself like you matter.

How might leaders use the 21 sources of energy to energize others?

Bonus material:

Living in Flow (Positive Psychology)