Paying Attention to Leadership

As a leader you’ll find one of your greatest challenges will be getting people to pay attention to you, your ideas, and what you have to say. This is especially true if you’re a new manager and others aren’t particularly ready to accept you.

Your job will be to attract attention and than make the best of it. In my experience I’ve found that there are four things leaders can do when it comes to attention:

  • They can focus their own attention on the tasks and projects at hand in order to see them through to completion.
  • Leaders can find ways to attract attention to themselves – and a good leader knows how to attract the right attention – not just everyone’s attention.
  • Effective leaders know how to attract the attention of the people that follow them – including team members, customers, and members of upper management.
  • A good leader knows how to maintain the attention of their customers and clients – keeping them interested and happy throughout the course of the working relationship.

So many people view “attention” as a negative, but it’s really not. A successful leader knows how to draw the right kind of attention to himself and does so almost effortlessly. As you grow into your position you’ll be able to do the same thing.

Thanks again,


Sean McPheat

Managing Director

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