WHAT APPEARS TO BE
When does leadership happen? Most people answer: all the time. Yet, when things don’t go our way, when things get tough, what do a lot of people around you do?
“They crumple,” said a friend in the consumer health business. “We need people who can lead and be at their best regardless of what is going on around them.”
WHAT MIGHT BE
When business is abundant, people are hitting their numbers, and HQ is handing out bonuses, it’s easy to step up and lead. Momentum makes everyone look good.
But what happens when the opposite is true? When Monday stinks because your team fell further behind, and Tuesday was rough as your support network evaporated, and Wednesday… what happens to most people when it seems we’re going backward?
Answer: The average amongst us stop leading and start following others backward.
WHAT CAN BE
History has given a few individuals a specific episode that allowed them to define their greatness. But most of us won’t be thrust into catastrophic or historical events – so our greatness must be revealed in the small moments of every day.
When times are good or bad we can lead. We can move things forward, inch by inch.
Lead right now. Use these steps to conduct your own “turn-around” leadership job:
– Practice awareness. Is my state of mind hurting or serving?
– Build your confidence. How can I be more “on-a-roll” today?
– Create momentum by asking: What is working?
– Lead by searching for solutions: How can we improve this?
Do the circumstances in your life define you or do you define the circumstances?
What is the difference between what “might be” and what “can be”? You decide.