These are the traits you need to maintain your composure and get your team through challenging times. By Satyaki Sarkar
In the stressful, fast-paced world of corporate business, situations can change at the drop of a hat. And when something goes wrong, it is the leader that everyone looks to, to guide them through the trying situation. In circumstances like that a leader needs to have what it takes to not buckle under pressure and falter. Being a good leader isn’t just about leading your team to success, it’s also about how you handle failure, or obstacles. Thus, Bonne Vie brings to you 5 ways successful leaders handle difficult situations.
1. They don’t let emotions control them
Veteran leaders know how important it is to remain cool and composed during trying situations, as they are the ones expected to set an example for their team. They focus on remaining calm and strong willed, without reacting negatively to the situation. This is because they know that if they let their emotions take over and resort to yelling or exhibiting an overly animated body language, their team would lose confidence in them. The team would know that the leader is not in control of the situation, and therefore not fit to responsibly handle the obstacle and find a solution.
2. They don’t make things personal
Leaders who have the ability to detach themselves from the situation and still maintain their objectivity inspire people to do the same. A successful leader knows and understands that in difficult situations things, more often than not, don’t go the way they are supposed to, and several factors like office politics and other dynamics come into play. Thus, its important leaders not give into prejudices and grudges, and not let external occurrences affect them and hinder their ability to make ojective decisions and take action.
3. They remain positive
As the torchbearer for employees working under him/her, a leader must remain optimistic and inspire positivity in bleak situations. Be it through their words, their demeanour or even their body language, leaders can inspire their team to still retain hope and keep moving forward by working on a way out of the situation they are facing, instead of wallowing in despair. A successful leader knows the power of staying positive, smiling, and exercising compassion.
4. They exhibit courage and fearlessness
If employees find that their leader has no confidence in himself/herself and has given in to fear, they lose any remaining shred of hope. This is why, even in a situation which seems terrifying, a leader must never panic or fear of adverse circumstances make him/her vulnerable, but continue to focus on acting rationally and pragmatically. A successful leader knows how to not let fear take over, but instead, consider the worst possible outcome rationally, and gather up the willpower and resolve to get through it and make the best of a bad situation.
5. They assume responsibility
In times of crisis, a good leader is the first to take the reins of the situation, and commit to resolving the crisis. Accountability during a problem is something that most people try to avoid, but it is exactly in that situation that a leader must take charge and inspire others to focus on finding a solution without letting concerns about the consequences cripple them.