The three priorities of leadership are thinking, deciding, and communicating. Let’s focus on leadership thinking. People are not born good thinkers, but taught and trained. My observation is that the primary limitations leaders need to work on are (1) getting rid of distractions, and (2) developing habits that promote good thinking. It is possible to develop more powerful thinking practices and models, but only after we’ve established basic practices.
Consider this: You can’t make yourself go to sleep, but you can put yourself in an environment where you’re more likely to sleep well. Likewise, the first step is to adjust your environment and your habits so that better thinking is possible. You can build habits that steer you away from situations where clear thinking is more difficult.
Here are six suggested practices: