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Your leadership style has a big effect on your own productivity — and the productivity of your team. I dug into this and other productivity tips for leaders as a guest on a recent episode of The LEADx Leadership Show podcast with Kevin Kruse.

Kevin is the founder + CEO of, which provides education on leadership and management, marketing and sales, productivity and communication. Kevin is also the author of Employee Engagement 2.0 and 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management.

This episode is a quick listen — under 20 minutes — but we packed in a lot of productivity tips for leaders. Among the things you’ll learn:

  • Why leaders must be invested for productivity training (or any other kind of training) to be effective and deliver long-term results.
  • How leaders set expectations around work communications even when they don’t intend to.
  • How just one employee’s email habits can lead to an unhealthy email culture.
  • Why email is not the right tool for communications that require an immediate response.
  • Why having two monitors on your desk doesn’t help you manage email or improve your productivity.
  • How to implement an open office layout in a way that supports productivity instead of impeding it.
  • The importance of truly disconnecting when you take time off. (Which means totally unplugging from email — not doing a once-a-day checkin.)

You can read an excerpt from my conversation with Kevin on, where you’ll also find a link to listen to the full podcast. Or simply visit If you’d like to learn more about the productivity tips for leaders and topics discussed in this episode of The LEADx Leadership Show, a great starting point is my HBR article “Your Late-Night Emails Are Hurting Your Team.” Or go more into more depth with my latest book, Work Without Walls: An Executive’s Guide to Attention Management, Productivity, and the Future of Work.