Be A Successful Leader In Difficult Times

Be A Successful Leader In Difficult Times

Be A Successful Leader In Difficult TimesThe glass being half empty or half full is irrelevant if you are thirsty, you can’t get to the glass, and there is no one to lead you to it.

That is my funny way of introducing the importance of leadership in tough times ☺.

If you follow the news, you could walk around feeling hopeless and helpless. The key word in my last sentence is FOLLOW. Here is a quote from a Pastor friend.

“We are in the perfect environment for inventors to invent, entrepreneurs to venture, and leaders to lead. Your skill is now your most valued asset.”

This blog will provide some quick tips on how to lead in unstable times. Whether the instability is in the world, in your community, in your family, and/or in your personal life, these pointers will help you LEAD through these situations.

Spelling out L-E-A-D
Listen, Envision, Action, Determination
Be A Successful Leader In Difficult Times

Start with the letter L, for it stands for Listening with a Purpose. In trouble times, open your ears and listen for opportunities.Face-to-Face Listening Skills

As you are reading this, you may be asking,

“Elena, what am I listening for?”

A good leader focuses on the solution, but you can’t create a solution if don’t know what the problem is. Actively listen to what the problems is and to what’s not working. Have you ever gone crazy looking something and all of a sudden you realize it’s right in front of your face? This happens because looking for the lost item distracted you. LOL

“…keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…”
Rudyard Kipling

We can get so distracted by the thought of not knowing a solution that we are not listening to what the real the problem is. Slow your brain down and become an active listener.

  • Hear what is not being said
  • Hear what has not been done, and
  • Hear what people are saying can’t be done.

E stands for Envision. In chaotic times, it is easy to lose sight of your goals and walk away
from your vision. Female Gold Medalist Allyson Felix said,

Be A Successful Leader In Difficult Times“I am a big believer in visualization. I run through my races mentally so that I feel even more prepared.”

Allyson envisions the race many times before even stepping on the track, so she has been there before and is prepared for her successful outcome. This past Olympics she won many gold medals, but two she won by leading her team to the finish line. Envision yourself leading your team, your family, and even yourself out any situation troubling you. Focus on finding the solution rather than being overwhelmed by the problem. This is possible if you are visualizing the preferred outcome and when the opportunity presents itself, you are prepared to lead the way.

A stands for Action is the next word we need to focus on when we are going through tough times. Winston Churchill once said:

como no ser analitico

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

When I was diagnosed with cancer, the news alone could have immobilized me and I could have waved the “I surrender Flag” and give up. I found this to be true:

“The less action I took the easier it would have been to give up.”

My faith and hope increased because I took action; and this also inspired others to take action and fight. In 2015, I was immobilized with severe chronic pain and the less I did, the harder it was to get rid of the pain. When I decided I wanted to be pain free, I took action by finding and using products that helped me. I am now able to dance the night away. No seriously, dance the night away; watch this, if you don’t believe me.

Yes, by taking action you are taking risks (another quality of a good leader is the willingness to risk failure in order to succeed). Leaders take action and the others follow them to a better situation.

D stands for Determination. “Get your game face on!”  Leaders are determined to not give up when  they fail just the first time.  If you are  determined to better your situation, you will.

“Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.” ― Robert Strauss

These four tips will L-E-A-D you to success!

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