I realize… today, more than any other time before, that it really is important to be able to deal with change and deal with it in a positive way. Too often as leaders, we get stuck in a rut where we think we can never change or where we think change is actually bad but the reality is that change is certainly good.
Recently I was confronted with a situation personally that has required me to do some serious soul searching. It’s been quite gut-wrenching at times yet still in some strange way it’s almost cathartic that I’m being forced to make some changes that honestly I don’t really want to do. In life sometimes you have to make changes. Because of what I’m currently faced with I’m learning how to deal with these things and more importantly how to deal with change.
Change is definitely good. You know, a lot of times we have hindsight and perspective when it comes to looking at change and later on we can always say, “Yeah, you know what, I’m glad I went through that. I’m the better for it.” No one going through a change ever says that. It’s always after the fact. I am excited about what is to come because I know that even right now, in some of the challenges that I’m facing from a leadership perspective I’m overcoming some shortcomings, even in my area of leadership and my ability to lead, I’m finding that I’m actually refining myself in the process.
So I just wanted to encourage anyone that is going through hard times or going through a very challenging situation from a leadership perspective where their ability to lead is being called into question, that you too can endure and overcome this situation.
Here are a couple of Leadership tips that I think might help you to navigate the maze of change that you will experience in a crisis.
* Be willing to hear all sides of an issue. It’s one thing to just take criticism and not digest it but it’s another thing to take an issue and listen to all the perspectives on that argument. And I’ve had to listen to several different critiques from a variety of people about some of the shortcomings in my area of leadership within an organization that I’m involved with and I’ve had to confront them head on and acknowledge that they were absolutely right and that just because I know how to do certain things really well doesn’t necessarily mean that everything I do is excellent. Certainly, I’m learning how to improve and how to be better in so many different ways and it just takes time to work on these things. I just want to encourage you to really look at the big picture when it comes to a challenge you are facing.
* It’s okay to make a mistake as long as you’re willing to acknowledge it and ask for help with regard to correcting the situation. Too often as leaders, we think that we can fix everything even our own situations. The reality is that we do need other people’s help to overcome some of the challenges that we face. And I’d be the first to admit that I really need help and I’m really excited about the simple fact that there are so many people willing to help me even during a time when I feel like I have failed them as a leader. If you experience this I think it speaks volumes to the people that you surround yourself with. Having good people around you will always make you a better leader.
* You can’t worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will take care of itself. This is one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible because it certainly reminds me that too often, we worry about what the future will hold or what the future will bring given the current situation that we find ourselves in. At the end of the day, you really can’t worry about that. All you can worry about is where you are right now. Focus on the present. Don’t worry about the future when it comes to trying to correct things. Correct what you can in the here and now and don’t worry about what will happen down the road because God has a way of working those things out. I recognize that this last tip may not be for everyone. The bottom line is that Faith is essential in being a great Leader.
I certainly want to encourage you on this issue of change If this blog post in any way is a help to you, please let me know by just sharing from the comment section and giving us some feedback with regard to your thoughts about leadership, and specifically about failure in leadership because it does happen more often than not.
Too often, we sweep things under the rug and act as if we’re perfect and that we can never fail. But the reality is that we all fail from time to time. I think the mark of a great leader is how they deal with failure and how they deal with people throughout that failure.
So I’d love to hear from you. I’d love to get some feedback with regard to this issue. Is there something that you’re trying to overcome from a leadership perspective? Have you had a major meltdown or a major failure that has called into question your ability to do things the right way? Please leave a comment in the section below or share with your friends.
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