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leadership developmentI just read Inc.’s review of the new book Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude by Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin, and I was struck by the premise.

Here’s the concept – many leaders are borderline addicted to being busy (checking emails before sunrise, etc.), but the irony is that all this busyness may in fact be holding them back from reaching their potential.

Kethledge and Erwin suggest that solitude is the real key here, giving yourself time away from smartphones and coworkers, instead having a moment with your own thoughts.

The book/review calls out a number of successful leaders like Secretary of State George Shultz, who would give himself an hour of solitude daily. What sets leaders like Shultz apart is their intention and persistence, working hard to clear their calendars daily for time alone and away.

But that’s easier said than done, which is why Inc. then calls out 4 tips on how to schedule your solitude:

  • Reduce the number of times you check email each day.
  • Block out time on your calendar so meetings can’t be scheduled.
  • Designate certain days of the week as no meeting days.
  • Turn off phone notifications. Or better yet, leave it in another room.

I highly recommend you read the article and check out the book. If you’re in management, it’s the kind of “little” thing that could make a massive impact on your career development.