According to Harvard Business Review, one advantage of being a leader is getting more time to macro-manage. It’s the opposite of micromanaging, in the sense where you get a bird’s eye. With this new perspective, you can provide your team with unique and candid feedback.

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Reflect on how to practice big-picture learning

Learning how practice big-picture learning is fundamental in developing and honing your leadership skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.

Is it better to be a big picture or detail-oriented thinker?

Exercises to help you practice big-picture learning

Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your leadership skills can allow you to practice big-picture learning.

  • Create an outline before you embark on your project. Include a mission statement, objectives, goals, and instructions for each task to stay in the scope of your vision.
  • Prioritize the 3 most important tasks for your project. Once you identify them, shrink your tasks down further until they feel doable and achievable.
  • Shift your attention from the minor details by delegating tasks. For example, ask a peer to design the buttons for a new feature, so you can focus on the overall UI design.

Additional resources to help you practice big-picture learning

5 Strategies For Big-Picture Thinking
Need to get a grasp on the big picture? Start small.
The Big Picture: Three Steps To Keep It In Focus
If you’re looking to steer―rather than meander―toward your destination, try on the following strategies.
What Kind of Thinker Are You?
It matters to your team, not just to you.

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