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Step 4: Think “big picture”

Being a visionary is at the top of CEO leadership skills. Visionaries can develop a vision for where they want their company to be long into the future. They are prepared to make changes along the way, but the big picture usually remains constant.

If you think you’re not a visionary or don’t have any clue where you want to be in 5 or 10 years, that’s another limiting belief you’ll want to change. CEOs can’t be undecided or unclear about their goals. Otherwise, they will take on projects that won’t directly benefit the company or project them toward the long-term goals.

  • Make time to plan.

Don’t feel beholden to your clients. Set boundaries and set aside time twice a month to plan your business growth and revisit short-term goals. This is the same idea as setting aside time to visit your financial numbers. Having a vague idea of what you want to accomplish will be difficult to implement. Knowing exact goals broken down into manageable tasks requiresplanning and revising.

  • Learn to say “No”.

You’ll be faced with many business opportunities but will all of them serve your goals? Definitely not. Learn to say “no” more frequently, especially if the benefits to your company are not immediately evident. If you want to say “yes,” take an extra pause and examine why this

You’ll be faced with many business opportunities but will all of them serve your goals? Definitely not. Learn to say “no” more frequently, especially if the benefits to your company are not immediately evident. If you want to say “yes,” take an extra pause and examine why this sounds so great. What will your company gain as a result of your participation? Follow your instinct as well as your “big picture plan” when choosing partnerships or projects to pursue.

  • Learn to delegate effectively.

CEOs don’t have the time to micromanage projects so you shouldn’t do that either. Hire a virtual assistant or other subcontractor depending on your needs. Learn to communicate clearly with this contractor, set reasonable deadlines, and be prepared to ask for revisions and/or to give honest feedback. While you delegate projects, you can focus your attention to bigger ideas, such as outlining and creating your signature product or book (or whatever fits into your big picture vision).