The 30-Second Challenge Every Leader Should Accept

By : LOLLY DASKAL   on October 27, 2014

Connecting with others, making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure the impact lasts are at the heart of leadership.

But the problem is that leaders tend not to have a lot of free time on their hands. So how can you engage in meaningful and memorable leadership with zero hours in the day to spare?

That’s where the 30-second challenge comes in. It turns out, there’s a lot you can do with a tiny sliver of time.

So whenever you want to engage and make a lasting impression, commit to spending 30 seconds to make a big impact. You could…

Give 30 seconds of encouragement. Your encouragement may be the catalyst that unleashes someone’s greatness. Let employees know you believe in them, and watch them step up.

Give 30 seconds of feeling valued. Emphasize the connection between an employee’s role and the mission and goals of the organization. When people sense they are valued, they become more engaged and more productive.

Give 30 seconds of acknowledgment. It’s the fuel that great teams run on. When you acknowledge an employee, you are letting the person know that he or she is making a difference.

Give 30 seconds of gratitude. The root of great leadership is in the expression of sincere gratitude. Nothing goes further in building good relationships.

Give 30 seconds of praise. Keep it personal, specific, and meaningful so it doesn’t veer off into flattery.

Give 30 seconds of knowing that each person matters. Let all of your employees know that no matter what they do, no matter what’s in their past, they can always become the best version of themselves.
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