With Brexit in the horizon and no certainty of a deal, it is more important than ever to be a resilient leader. As a manager, director or partner it is your job to provide your team with direction in uncertain times through effective leadership.
It is your job to manage conflict, share information and provide clarity to your team. You must also ensure you have the ability to cope with the pressure of your responsibilities. Here are 5 things you can do to become a more resilient leader:
Know your priorities
It can be difficult managing a team. You are the point of call for a number of people, as a result, it can be difficult to manage your workload as unexpected issues can arise throughout the day. It is your job to effectively manage your workload prioritise tasks that must be dealt with immediately. A good way to start the day is to list at most 3 tasks you expect to complete. This list helps give you a focus for the day but leaves room for you to deal with unexpected issues.
Take time to reflect
We live in a fast-paced world, so it is natural to look forward, but take time to look back and reflect. Give yourself a pat on the back for the things that you completed, don’t fixate on what you didn’t get done.
When reflecting on projects; try ensuring you have a ‘positive focus’ make sure you ask what went well then move on to improvement points. Reflection helps you develop new perspectives and enhances self-awareness, which in turn will make you a more resilient leader.
Define your purpose
It can be easy to get carried away with day to day tasks and forget what your role is in an organisation, so define your purpose. What role do you play to help the business reach its corporate goals?
Defining your purpose can be a motivating exercise. When you have a clear idea of your role you can empower your team and help understand their role as well.
Strong internal relationship are key for resilient leaders. These internal relationships create a strong foundation in times of uncertainty. Your team are your support system. You work together you achieve goals and targets, without this system in place you would struggle to get your job done.
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