Even when times are great, there’s no good reason to tolerate anything that’s less than fabulous. And when times are tougher and profits are harder to make, it’s critical that everything is functioning at its peak.
When it seems difficult to find a lot that’s favourable in the economic news it’s natural to become dispirited and lose drive.
And if you, or a leader in your team, feel dispirited, it will have a seriously negative impact on your team’s performance and results.
And here’s the worry—anything less than exemplary leadership is wasteful because it stops people from performing at their best. All waste must be eliminated if your bottom-line is going to be at its very best!
Let’s look at some of the behaviours of exemplary leaders to give you some practical steps you or the leaders in your team, can take to operate at your best…
What Exemplary Leaders Do…
- When pessimism arises… they counter it with their authentic and unyielding optimism.
- When “the troops” become jittery… they counter it with their emotional stability and resilience.
- When enthusiasm wavers and fear levels rise… they counter it with their unflickering vision.
- When a problem seems overwhelming… they counter it with their calm and collaborative deliberation.
Your Leadership Call to Action
There’s no doubt that, as a leader, you have enormous leverage in your organization…
What you do, or what a leader in your team does, potentially impacts your organisation’s performance and results way more than anything else within your four walls.
When a leader sneezes, their team members, and even their peers, catch a cold.
It’s therefore crucial that you ask yourself, as a leader, what could you personally do to:
- have a huge positive influence on others?
- assist those around you to feel emotionally stable?
- help your team members be authentically optimistic?
- introduce calmness when problems need to be confronted?
- role model ideal leadership behaviour, 100% of the time?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carolyn Stevens has worked with leaders for more than 25-years—hundreds of them.
She’s supported leader after leader (including those who previously struggled to confront the difficult, let alone persuasively deal with the it) flourish—and become confident, courageous and impressively influential.
Carolyn is authentic and results-oriented. She draws on an eclectic array of approaches, tools and techniques to suit the situation.