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Sunday, January 29, 2023

3 Strategies for Leading through Difficult Times | HBR

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The more uncertain the times, the more leaders we need to lead us out of the abyss and towards brighter futures. 

As if “embracing uncertainty” is a natural and straightforward thing, leaders are being advised to do so. And their stress and burnout issues frequently take a back seat while dealing with their workers’ mounting mental health issues. Here are three things we advise leaders to do to lead in these tumultuous times. Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman expressed confidence that his staff will return to work by September. When his vision didn’t come true, he at least had the foresight to confess publicly that he was mistaken. 

Fearlessness is not the same as courage; we might still be afraid of making a tough choice or giving bad news. However, we discover the inner power to face our fears, go outside our comfort zones, and move ahead. Khanna: We place ourselves in a vulnerable position when choosing vulnerability above comfort because we are more likely to take the heat and make errors. However, our vulnerability allows others to see our humanity and invites them to express theirs. Caring transparency is being open and honest about our thoughts and feelings. 

We don’t withhold critical information because we’re worried about how it will be received or how we’ll be seen. By doing so, we deprive ourselves of the strength that comes with having unique information. Consequently, individuals have a better understanding of where they stand and what will happen next, allowing them to better plan their lives. 

Source: https://hbr.org/2022/05/3-strategies-for-leading-through-difficult-times 

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