We are all experiencing a time of chaos and uncertainty. Many are reacting to that chaos and feeling like they have no control. While it is true that none of us can control our situation, there are keys that successful leaders use when faced with uncertainty, chaos, and obstacles.
Overs the next several weeks we will be unpacking those keys to equip leaders for success.
This week’s key is seeking out silver linings. By this we do not mean pretending that all is well. Successful leaders are actually some of the first to identify the issue. However, what is different is they quickly move from identifying the issue to identifying the opportunity that accompanies the issue.
Whenever there is a shift in the market, or a challenge, there is typically new segments of needs, new opportunities within your existing client base, or new ways to innovate. Begin by shifting your mindset to asking questions about what needs does this issue expose? How might you be uniquely positioned to innovate and offer solutions?
Examples include leaders who have opened doors for others, provided resources, and initiated new services without gaining profits. Recently, a distillery was getting ready to close due to Coronavirus. They realized that the ingredients they used were the same as needed for hand sanitizer which is in short supply. So they stopped making their product and began making hand sanitizer and gave it away.
Not only will this process assist you in maintaining a positive attitude, but it will also refocus your team on the strategy for moving forward and beyond the chaos. Provide your team with the confidence to face the chaos and emerge stronger.
What is one way you can impact others around you? Strengthen your leadership by elevating and caring for others.