Being a good leader requires an interest in continuing to evolve and grow your leadership style. When you are interested in improving your leadership skills, you’ll be helping yourself as much as you’ll be helping your team. These tips can help set you on a path of growth to lead your team to new heights in the future.

Start Each Day With a List

Being a good leader requires you to be as productive and efficient as possible, but that’s hard to do without a plan. You should start each day with a to-do list that prioritizes your tasks for the day. Since people are most productive at the start of their workdays, your biggest priorities should top the list. The bottom half of the list should be comprised of your least challenging tasks.

Check Your Messages at Specific Times

Rather than checking and responding to messages consistently throughout the day, you should set up one or two blocks of time for these tasks. Be sure to let your team, partners, and others know that you only check your messages during those times. During these periods, be sure to respond to your most important voicemails, emails, and texts first. If you run out of time, you can reply to less urgent messages at a later time.

Keep a Small Notepad With You

You have probably had plenty of experiences of having a thought and forgetting it before you could put it into action. If you keep a small notepad and a pen with you at all times, you’ll have the tools you need to jot down those ideas before you lose them. Later, when you’re in a position to flesh out those ideas, you’ll have your notes to guide you. This can help you implement new or innovative ideas that might help your team function more efficiently.

Growing as a leader will help you to reach the goals you set for yourself and your organization. In addition to the tips mentioned here, you should continue to look for new ways to grow and improve your leadership style. A thirst for knowledge and a passion for creative thought will help you become an efficient and innovative leader.