Strategies for Being a Resilient Leader in Difficult Times
After the difficulties of the past few years, things are still far from business as usual. The pandemic permanently altered the business landscape across virtually every industry and this has leaders feeling the pressure more than ever before. To help your team navigate through difficult times, practice the following strategies for becoming a more resilient leader.
As Eleanor Brown once said, “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
Implement a Growth Mindset
With the right mindset, challenges are what inspire growth. Shifting toward a growth mindset means visualizing opportunities to find newer, better solutions. Remaining willing to adapt and eager to face problems is what will help you reach greater heights. Are you open to learning and trying new things? Or, are you a bit set in your ways?
Maintain Your Physical Fitness
Mental toughness is nearly impossible to achieve without physical fitness. If your body feels tired and drained, you aren’t left with the energy to navigate difficult situations in your personal or professional life. To maintain your peak performance as a leader in challenging times, continue to commit to your physical fitness so you have the foundation for mental and emotional challenges in the workplace. What do you do to maintain your physical health?
Even in the best of times, you cannot completely avoid stress. Practicing mindfulness techniques, such as breathing exercises, meditation and yoga, will allow you to better manage stress when it comes your way. That way, you can stay in the moment with sharp decision-making and readiness to solve problems. Not sure where to start, there are apps such as “Breathe” and “Calm” that can help you get started with a commitment of just a few minutes a day.
Small victories can be a huge boost for morale among your team and yourself. Work anniversaries, performance goals and other everyday achievements always are worth celebrating. Some leaders keep gratitude journals or find other ways to keep track of positives each day.
Adopting new strategies and evolving your leadership style are not developments that happen overnight. It’s possible that you may need some outside help to achieve your career and leadership goals. That’s where Crosworks can help. We have tailored programs and services to help individuals in all career stages achieve their goals. Contact us to learn more.