The John Maxwell leadership training center shares valuable techniques to help improve executive effectiveness, as follows:

If you’ve been in leadership roles for long, you know that talent alone is never enough. It’s when initiative is put into place around your talent that it begins to expose and exploit your capabilities for everything they are worth.  Take a step back operationally and dive head-on into your relationships. Get to know the people you are leading. Pour your attention and focus into them. Here are three methods:

1. Commit To Making A Difference Immediately — When we start a new executive leadership role, we aren’t hoping it turns into just an average position for a mediocre organization. We want to thrive, lead and succeed. We want to establish ourselves as a primary piece of the puzzle. Someone who drives change, sure, but also someone who is respected for his or her commitment to the end goal. I hope we have commonality around this objective of committing to make a difference in our leadership journey right away.

2. Recognize The Power Of Quitting — You may have grown up in a home much like mine where quitting was not an option. While competitiveness certainly has its place across business and leadership, I argue that you have to give up to go up. Winners stop doing things that are not good for them. Here are five times when quitting counts and can actually be a positive decision:

(a) You quit something you don’t do well to start something you do well.
(b) You quit something you’re not passionate about to do something that fills you with passion.
(c) You quit something that doesn’t make a difference to do things that do make a difference.
(d) You quit something that’s not your dream to do something that is.
(e) You quit negative relationships and align with people who add value to your dream.

3. Evaluate And Eliminate Tired Goals — We all set goals that are, by nature, difficult to achieve. I’m not advocating that you “dream small.” I’m advocating that you “dream smart.” If you haven’t been successful in reaching a goal for the past three years, it’s time to let it go. Not reaching your goal is actually causing you harm because it’s creating a losing mindset that may be influencing other areas of your professional or personal life.  All too often, we become reliant on goals that limit our thinking and our creativity. They hold us captive and restrict us from seeing what’s really possible. Sometimes the challenge isn’t just eliminating these goals from our vision, it’s identifying they are problems in the first place.