Leadership in action can be a mental and emotional tug of war! Keeping things on time, fielding questions, giving direction, and trying to be present, enjoying the moment can be a real struggle.
Although I have a number of subcontractors who form my team, most of my work I do alone, or with other leaders and their teams, so to keep myself in shape, occasionally I volunteer to work within a team to run a workshop or project. On one recent occasion I was reminded of how different it can be when I have to think and act quickly in real time, to “lead the charge”.
Here are a few of my lessons:
- A well scripted game plan helps everyone – you might be surprised as to how well you can script your day.
- Goals and Roles are important – It’s critical that everyone is clear on the outcomes we are trying to create and their specific responsibilities in that.
- Everyone is going through their own stuff – Don’t for a second believe you are the only one battling with messy, emotional, highs and lows.
By routinely pausing to check in everyone stays connected. Sharing your own challenges as a leader gives others permission to be ok with theirs. Taking time out to listen and share creates important emotional release and mental clarity.
The first thing to die in battle is the plan, so make sure you have a well-rehearsed system of habits, routines and standards to keep things on track, when the unexpected occurs.
Could your leadership use a boost?
Clint Best is a business coach and the founder of Kaizen Business Coaching in Kelowna, BC. Clint has been guiding forward thinking business owners through change and growth since 2002.