“Anyone can show exceptional leadership ability in easy times. When all’s going to plan, anyone can be inspirational/excellent/innovative and strong. The real question is how do you show up when everything’s falling apart?”
- Robin S. Sharma
I chose to start with this quote from one of my favourite writers because, as you know, 2020 is a challenging year for all of us, especially for business owners and leaders.
My name is Bianca Stoican, I am a Leadership and Executive Coach – in a few words, my job is to help and support leaders, managers and up-and-coming talent in organizations in achieving their goals and discovering their true potential. My goal as a coach is to improve results in ways that are sustainable over time.
The point of coaching is to achieve some sort of valuable outcome, usually related to improved performance, higher profits, career success, organizational effectiveness, or career and personal satisfaction.
Coaching is about helping people improve their own capabilities and effectiveness so that the results and performance improvements last.
Coachig is the part of the engagement where I work one-on-one with clients to encourage them to make difficult decisions, step out of their confort zone, stop destructive behavior, embrace change, and shift performance.
I will share with you here 5 ”secrets” that leaders should not only know, but also apply in their work, especially in hard times.
These 5 ideas are gathered from my experience with my clients and also from the dozens of courses, books and studies I went through the last years. Let’s begin!
- Keep your eye on the prize
As a leader, you have to clearly know your skills and your short-term and long-term goals. Then, you make a plan for you and your business.
For example, if you lead under pressure, having your eye on the prize is absolutely essential because you know where you are going.
In these times, a leader has to define priorities (Identify and communicate the three to five most important ones), make smart trade-offs and choices, name the decision makers and embrace actions…which lead us to point no 2.
- Lead by example
You should certainly manage yourself before you manage others and lead by example. As a leader, you have to show good behaviour towards your employees, not just to tell them how to be.
For example if you want your employees to be punctual, you have to be on time. If team-working is a priority, engage with your employees, treat everyone equally and make sure that you interact as much as possible with your employees.
- Learn to perform under pressure
A leader needs to cope with pressure effectively and to not add more pressure to their team. Try to not install a climate of instability and confusion in your company.
You must also learn to ignore negativity when you are facing professional problems. Don’t let anything that doesn’t matter in your way!
Stay alert and aligned on a daily dashboard of priorities – offer great attention to KPIs and metrics that measure your company’s success.
And most of all, adapt. Decide what not to do and put on hold the unnecessary expenses.
- Communicate effectively
Choose to communicate transparently, according to your values because you have a direct impact on your team. Great leaders make sure they are heard and understood, but also listen to other people’s opinions.
If you communicate effectively, your company will go forward with all the engine’s power!
Also, train your team for crisis leadership – in moments of need, they will be there for you and prepared for every kind of situation. That will make it easier for you.
- Learn from the past, but never stop improving
Leaders need to stop for once in a while and concentrate in learning lessons from past mistakes or even from good situations. That way he will collect examples of successful business models and spectacular business failures – not only from their own business, but also from others.
Don’t forget to constantly learn new things and improve yourself! Master a new skill, work on a new passion and keep your mind open for great possibilities.
Also, collect and amplify positive messages as successes, acts of kindness, obstacles that have been overcome. In these times, stay productive and keep your mind focused on the good things and opportunities!
This is a part of my advice – if you want to talk about some more ideas regarding how to be a good leader and if you want to see your goals achieved, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0726 989 531 or LinkedIn: Andra Bianca Stoican.