I know you know that the last year and a half has been full of fear, uncertainty and doubt. As a leader, it has been unprecedented (I know that word has been over-used, however, I can’t think of another way to say it). Psychologists and counsellors have never been busier. And now, with vaccination rates in most countries approaching the so-called ‘herd immunity’ level, we are starting to feel that we have weathered the storm. Still, it feels weird seeing people in shops without a mask and social distancing from each other.
What can we do as leaders to get off of the roller coaster ride we have been on? Well, the first thing is to give yourself a break. Stop being so hard on yourself. This has been hard on everyone – especially those in leadership positions. You may have made some mistakes – we all did. You may be fatigued – I get that. Your team will still have some split opinions about how fast we should get back to ‘normal’ (whatever that looks like).
You know all of that. This blog though is about you and using the emotional stamina that you have been forced to develop over the last 18-months. Yes, whether you know it of not, you have built a very high level of emotional stamina and ability to carry on in the face of uncertainty.
Here is my list of tools that I have witnessed leaders I work with add to their Leadership Practice:
What does all of this mean? Well, someone once said (and I have no idea who): “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” And I mean this from an emotional leadership perspective. You have weathered a hurricane. You are stronger emotionally than you may be giving yourself credit for.
Pat yourself on the back and carry on!
Robert Murray is a Vancouver, BC based Business Strategy Consultant, #1 Best Selling Author, International Keynote Speaker, and TEC Top Speaker of the Year for 2018. For further advice, insight and inspiration on how to unlock your inner leader, connect with Robert on LinkedIn.
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