Leadership is challenging when it’s all going smoothly, but when things become difficult is when leadership matters most. If you have ever faced adversity in your business, you know what I am talking about. It may start with a wave of fear and panic followed by reactionary decisions and quick changes until you have righted the ship.
Adversity comes in many forms; addressing it by being reactionary is not the best approach. Here’s what I suggest, before you panic and react try to remain calm and objective; keeping the challenges you face in perspective so you can respond accordingly. By allowing yourself time to see the good, the bad, and the ugly you will be better able to choose the best path forward.
When things get tough; as a leader, you need to be able to inspire and commit others to action.
Each person’s contribution matters and they are part of the solution. People will do their best work when they are committed to the purpose and why of your business and culture. Committed people will choose to engage in adversity with you and work hard to find a solution.
Actions speak louder than words. Take responsibility and follow through. Don’t play the blame game. Focus on your strengths, set intentional goals, and take action. Adversity can sometimes lead to paralysis, don’t overanalyze. Use creative and critical thinking to help you make a plan and go!! Too much talking will get you stuck in a loop of negativity and indecision.
If you are a leader facing adversity, first gain perspective by taking an objective look at what is happening around you. Use your creative thinking skills to look beyond the obvious. Look to see the unseen. There may be ways to solve the problem you have not considered. Then hold yourself and your team accountable for action and follow through.
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