Authority Article – Leading in Turbulent Times

Although it’s a cliché to say that today’s business landscape is marked by uncertainty and turbulence, it’s helpful to remember that leaders everywhere are facing similar leadership challenges. And these challenges call for strategies—and ways of being—that are both resilient and adaptive.

In a recent interview with Yitzi Weiner at Authority Magazine as part of their “Five Things You Need To Be A Highly Effective Leader During Turbulent Times” series, I shared some key strategies that can help executives steer their companies through rough waters. Here’s a look at three of these strategies:
1. 𝐑𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐓𝐮𝐫𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞: The first step is to acknowledge that turbulence is neither unusual nor avoidable. Rather than fighting against it or dwelling on the stress it can cause, find ways to accept the turbulence as a part of the landscape. This acceptance, while requiring practice, can lead to clearer thinking and an improved sense of calm amidst the chaos. You will not have all the answers, but you’ll be better equipped to navigate the unpredictable waves.
2. 𝐄𝐦𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐇𝐮𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲: The assumption that you, as a leader, should have all the answers only adds more pressure to the challenges of leadership. And it stifles curiosity. Humility helps us recognize that it’s impossible to surf every turbulent wave standing tall. Knowing that you can’t know or control everything promotes learning and adaptability, and sets a powerful example for your team and organization.
3. 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐍𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐒𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐦: The state of your autonomic nervous system determines your effectiveness at work. When perpetually switched “on,” it leads to stress and hugely affects your leadership performance, affecting everything from your sleep patterns, focus, energy levels and emotional resilience. Incorporating simple routines into your day, like breathing exercises or simple meditation practices, help your nervous system reset, which can totally transform your performance.
The path through uncertainty and turbulence isn’t about wishing things were different or trying to make the difficulties disappear. It’s about building a healthier relationship with the challenges, embracing humility, and prioritizing your own well-being.
For more on leading through turbulence and uncertainty, head over to the Authority Magazine article (link in the comments) and read the entire interview.



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