“It’s easy to lead when things are going well.”
We’ve all heard the saying, and I think we can all agree that true leaders emerge during times of uncertainty. Have times ever been more uncertain than 2020?
This is not to say this it’s easy for these leaders, but there are a few commonly demonstrated leadership skills which separate them from the rest of the pack.
Practice these five things to lead your team through uncertainty:
1️⃣ Calming presence – remember, your people will mirror your behavior
2️⃣ Demonstrate empathy – put yourself in the shoes of others
3️⃣ Provide purpose – share the reason for what we’re all doing
4️⃣ Proactive vs. reactive – think prospectively about your people and try to get out in front
5️⃣ Take the time to listen – resist the urge to do all the talking and problem solving. Sometimes your people just want to be heard
For more content on this topic, listen to episode 5 of the Leadership Jam Session Podcast – How to Lead a Team Through Ambiguity and Uncertainty