Leadership Under Pressure


Leadership Tip of the Month by Ron Jasniowski

As a manager you spend a lot of time making sure things go smoothly on a day-to-day basis. You even spend time preparing for unusual scenarios so things proceed with some semblance of order during extraordinary times . And then it happens ... the unexpected! Everyone is taxed to the max and things aren’t going as planned.

Our character helps us respond accordingly during those times. Some managers get quite upset that his/her plans aren't meeting expectations. True leaders on the other hand are calm unshakable role-models in the midst of a storm.

Which manager would you prefer to work for? One who loses their cool under pressure or one who is under control and is able to provide wise guidance? Naturally, the later.

Losing your temper because of intolerable problems is no excuse. For those of you who are prone to lose it under pressure, try focusing on the character traits of discretion, sensitivity and persuasion. I admit I also have room to grow in these areas. But employees have a lot of respect for leaders who consistently exhibit those traits!

Once the storm settles, don't just forget about it. That is the time to plan how to handle a similar situation next time and begin steps toward prevention.

Future issues will provide you with more details on how you can reach the next level of leadership success.


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