Build Your Resilience

Resilience, decisiveness, adaptability-in these trying and rapidly changing times, leaders need these skills more than ever. The good news is that if these skills are not already in your leadership toolbox, you can develop them by managing your thoughts, actions, and behaviors.

Here are a few simple things you can do right now:

Think positively. Be hopeful and optimistic. Focus on what you want, not what you fear you will lose.

Let go. Accept that change is going to happen with or without you. Know what is beyond your control.

Take decisive action. Tackle problems; don’t avoid them.

Take a long-term perspective. Don’t get hung up on a specific event or a day on the market.

Tips for Leading Change

Change is a constant in today’s organizations. Leaders need to be adaptive, flexible, and innovative.

However, trying to be “better at leading change” can be an overwhelming vague challenge. Instead of taking on a leadership style full force, start with small experiments: Try out a new way of delegating; test different approaches to communicating your vision and expectations; experiment with new ways of giving feedback. Reflect on what works and what doesn’t. These small steps are manageable, and what you learn from these experiments will help you shape your leadership skills, while modeling how change happens.

Involve A Third Party in Your Decision-Making Process For Avoiding a Bad Decision

We make countless decisions every day: when to hold  a meeting, whom to hire for a critical role, whether to greenlight a new project. for high-stakes decisions where  a mistake might be fatal, involve an impartial party in your decision-making process.

Someone with a fresh perspective and without your emotional attachment to the situation can help identify where your decisions may be unduly influenced by past experiences. Ask a colleague from another department or an outside consultant to play this role. For crucial decisions, it will be well worth the time to seek that extra opinion.

Five Traits of A Great Leader

Here are five things you can do to succeed as a great leader:
  1. Instead of commanding, coach your team and organization toward success.
  2. Don’t manage people, empower them. The know-how, experience, and solutions are often out there; it’s a matter of helping people discover them.
  3. Cultivate respect by giving it, instead of demanding it.
  4. Know how to manage both success and failure.
  5. Show graciousness in your management, rather than greediness. Be humble about your successes, and whenever possible, give someone else the opportunity to shine.