In the March 2016 Entrepreneur Magazine, there was a great article about 22 Must Have Leadership Qualities. I found the article to be so powerful that I am spending a few minutes each week thinking about how I can improve these leadership skills myself. Like most things in life, you get what you focus your attention on.
Here are the leadership qualities I have already discussed:
Let’s cut right to the chase… shit happens and life can really kick you in the face sometimes. As a business leader, you owe it to your team and to yourself to not let the sheer terror, anger, fear or emotions show. Yes, you can be transparent and give an indication of the gravity of the situation and your feelings. But you shouldn’t do anything that would make your team lose faith in you as a leader. Reacting angrily, lashing out at others or disparaging and blaming others only does one thing… and that one thing is degrade your integrity. Leaders that over react to situations, yell or even cry and let their emotions control their responses can’t be seen doing this very often or it will diminish their ability to command respect and lead their teams. Finding scapegoats isn’t something that leaders do either. No, true leaders accept responsibility for the situation and look to make the best of the situation and rally the troops.
Now with all of that being said… there are times when cursing, getting pissed off or crying is appropriate. Trust me… there have been times when I have wanted to do each of those… sometimes in the same conversation with my team. However, regardless of how much you want to cuss someone out or get pissed off, it’s important to channel your emotions into something productive or just keep your mouth shut. Recently, we have had leaders that “speak their minds” and even publicly revered for their ability to “say what’s on their mind” or “not be PC”. However, when you speak your mind or are not PC and come off disparaging to others or turning to personal attacks you are the one that looks foolish, not the person your attacks are directed towards.
Remaining calm and collected during a crisis isn’t easy. However, leaders that can master their emotions can help lead their teams through hardship and obtain a higher level of success than teams led by a reactionary, emotionally out of control one.