Being a leader can be a challenge.
The stakes get even higher though when all hell breaks loose!
That’s exactly why this blog post was created so you be better equipped to…
Lead your business from turmoil to triumph when you’re facing challenging situations
To increase your chance of experiencing victory, be sure to continue reading, o.k.?
Your Business Is Depending On You!
When you or your business are facing challenges of monumental proportions you must not lose control.
Although it’s easier said then done, the following strategies can and will assist you in handling them more efficiently if you’re willing to execute them and demonstrate some courage.
Strategy #1: Stay Calm
The first thing you must do during a crisis situation is to remain calm, cool, and collective.
To accomplish this, follow these action steps:
Step #1: Take a deep breathe, count to 10, and remember that you are a leader because you have the encouragement, the skills, and the accountability needed to lead your team to victory.
Step #2: Repeat to yourself your personal leadership statement. If you are not sure what this is, or you have not taken the time to create one yet, then simply follow this template:
My name is (insert your name), and I am a leader. When I step into any situation, I am calm, confident, optimistic and ready to lead. When problems come my way, I lead by example and help my team to rise above them. When people see me, they are relieved and know that the problem will pass because I am dedicated to leading my team to victory.
Step #3: Be grateful/joyful for the situation, and know this is simply an opportunity to teach the team how to overcome another obstacle and it is preparing the business for a big breakthrough in the future.
Strategy #2: Stay Solution-Minded And Take A Moment To Evaluate Your Assets
One of the biggest ways to overcome any obstacle is to focus on solutions instead of problems. To help you with that, I’m going to share with you a neat little strategy that can help both you and the team get back into focus much quicker, here’s how to execute it:
Step #1: Take out a sheet of paper, or open up a blank document on your computer and create -3- columns.
A) In Column A you will write down the problem in great detail.
B) In Column B you will write down ALL the worst case scenarios that can arise from the current problem situation.
C) In Column C you will write down ALL the possible solutions that can help you and your team to overcome these scenarios.
Step #2: Take some time to evaluate any assets that you have and see which assess can correspond to aiding you in these solutions.
Strategy #3: Communicate Openly With Your Team And Ease Their Mind
After completing the first two strategies, it’s now officially time for you to bring your team together so that you can openly communicate with them about the positives and negatives of the current situation.
When you address your team, make sure that you are honest, clear and project an image of calmness so that it will be easier to encourage them to actually stay calm. When you have their attention, address the current problem and the strategy that the team will implement to overcome it. Let each team member know how important each one of their roles are in the situation and most importantly let them know the truth that this an opportunity to become closer together as a team so that everyone can rise above it and build comradely to prepare one another for future victories.
If anyone is not buying in, finish addressing the team as a whole and isolate these people.
Here’s one more per-caution that YOU MUST ADHERE TO:
NEVER let naysayers spew doubt and unbelief around people who are confident in your vision. Talk to these doubters separately, and keep your composure and faith that you can get them back on track.
If this is not a life threatening situation and things can be done without these role players, consider sending them home paid and follow up with them later after they have calmed back down.
Strategy #4: Eliminate Any Finger-Pointing
During crisis situations, it’s easy for you as a leader, or for people on your team to harshly point fingers at one another.
In times like this, it’s important to remember that every single time any of you point a finger at one another, there are several fingers pointing back at yourself and that pointing fingers and arguing does not accomplish anything.
If altercations start to get out of hand, stay calm and do your best to keep the situation under control with a little bit of persuasion.
Here’s an example for you to model:
Hey (person acting up), I know you may be feeling a little (insert emotion/s ex: scared, upset, frustrated, etc…) and I don’t blame you.
The facts are the facts… you’re really valuable asset to this team, and if we don’t have you with us, it’s going to not only effect your work life, but your home life to!
You and I both know that you want a positive working environment, and a positive home environment, so let’s put this problem behind us, and let’s use your valuable skills to help get EVERYONE back on track, o.k.?
When you do this, you will allow the situation to become less intense, you re-assure your team member that they can help get everyone on track, and you let them know that they are valuable no matter what things may look like on the outside.
Strategy #5: Stand Firm
Because you’re a leader, you must remember to stand firm on the outside no matter how you feel on the inside. Remember that in every person’s life they will face a challenge, and it’s how they personally face the challenge that demonstrates their character. Whatever you do though, do not show any defeat to your team. Stand firm, be encouraging, and trust all will end up well. The worst thing you can do in a crisis situation is to let fear get the best of you. Be courageous, be bold, stay solution-minded, and OVERCOME!
Your Team Is In Good Hands
Be encouraged my friend, your team is in great hands because they now have a leader who has a game-plan to fall back on when times get tough.
Want to know what’s even cooler about what you discovered from investing your time into reading today’s blog post?
Many of the strategies will also work in less hostile situations so that you can practice them, and make them a personal habit in your life before any hostile situation ever breaks loose.
Implement what you learned today, visualize various scenarios in your head and rehearse them from time to time, and when all hell breaks loose you will be ready, and agile enough to make adjustments to the situation.
Keep up the great work, and I’ll see you at the pinnacle of your success!