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Week 25

Posted by Dan Carter | Posted in One Idea a Day | Posted on 19-05-2014




Rise and Shine!


As the story goes, Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State, had so much energy, focus and drive that she would only require 4 hours of sleep a night.  She was famous for getting up at 4:00am so she could exercise before starting her day. Condoleezza is definitely a gifted leader, but do most leaders start their day early?  According to a recent article in Inc. Magazine, many well known leaders rise early to get on with their day.  Some leaders start their day at the gym, some take the time to plan their day’s schedule and some take the time to reflect and review.  Many write e-mails but often suggest to park them and not to send them out until 7am or so.  According to an article in Inc. Magazine by Margaret Heffernan, “Great jobs make you want to get up and the better the job you do, the more exciting getting up early becomes!”

Early in my leadership journey, I heard a well known leader state that he was up every day before 5am because that’s what good leaders do. I tried it and found I had no energy, focus and all I wanted to do was go back to bed. You see, I love to work late into the night.

As a leader, do you think it’s true that all leaders should be up early and are you one of those early risers? When did you start the routine of getting up early? Have you always been an early riser, or did it happen as your roles and responsibilities increased?  Do you find that starting your day early gives you an edge as a leader? Condoleezza started her day at the gym and many leaders work out daily, is this also something you have committed to doing as part of your leadership routine? As a leader, do you find that starting your day early also helps you stay more disciplined?

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