Leading through difficult times


[vimeo id="87211182"] Leading through difficult times is without a doubt a very challenging experience. Sometimes, we have to deal with obstacles that we didn’t expect and often, the hits come faster than we can recover. You may even feel like there’s no hope and you’re just trying to keep your head above water. What can you do in moments like that? How do leaders triumph over difficult times and move forward into living in victory? Here are three steps that you can take to overcome challenges and move into living victoriously over your challenging circumstances.

Number one: Make sure you have a clear understanding of the challenge.

Many times one of the greatest sources of hopelessness stems from our limited knowledge on the situation. We begin to fear things we do not understand. We’ve all heard the old saying, “Knowledge is power,” and you might think it’s a cheesy saying from your second grade teacher. However, it’s very true, especially in this scenario, because the more information we have on the challenge, the clearer the solution becomes. We must apply our knowledge of the situation to develop a response to effectively overcome it. So, get all the info.

Number two: Put together a great team.

I’m a strong believer in the power of teams. In fact, if there’s one leadership principle that I hold onto tightly, it’s this one. There’s only so much we can do on our own – we need others. We can try to go at it alone, but there’s a good chance that you’ll end up burning out. I like what Michael Jordan said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” We need to remember that we can only go so far on our own, but with a great team, we can make history.

Number three: Control your emotions.

When we’re in the middle of a difficult situation it’s sometimes easy to be overwhelmed by our emotions. This can manifest in irrational decision-making, emotionally charged outbursts, and many other non-productive and erratic expressions. Obviously, none of these will do anything constructive for the situation. The key to controlling your emotions comes with a comprehensive awareness of who we are and what our natural tendencies tend to be in difficult situations. The more we understand about ourselves, the more controlled we will be when the difficulties arise.

I trust these three points have encouraged you and helped you develop a more productive approach to navigating difficult situations. Remember these points next time you realize that your headed into a crisis or a new challenge.

What are your ideas for navigating difficulties in your leadership?