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Leading in Challenging Times

Challenges are inevitable.

Optimism and positive leadership are optional and, if applied, can transform a journey from one of difficulty to one filled with opportunity and purpose. A leader chooses how to lead – each day – and with every word and action.

Three leadership principles are key:

Calm assurance – a leader must convey a confidence that all is well and that all will be well. The role of the leader is to offer calm assurance that the storm will pass, that thriving is inevitable and that the team is capable of weathering the storm - together. It is the leader who stands at the helm and points in the direction of calm seas ahead.

Humbleness of spirit – a leader recognizes that it is only through the power of the team that positive outcomes can be achieved. The best leaders know that the answers lie within the team members. The role of the leader is to pose the right questions, solicit solutions, listen for answers and share the credit.

Confident communication – a leader confidently communicates vision and expectation. After asking for input, the leader must distill, decide and disseminate. The role of the leader is to convey the vision to the group, rally confidence in the collective vision and clearly communicate roles, responsibilities and expectations for each member.

Each leadership day is filled with choices about how to lead. You have what it takes - choose your behaviors proactively, consciously and wisely – every day. Your team and your organization will be the beneficiaries.

© Kathy Sturgis, Ph.D. Kathy is founder of Refreshment Zone and is an organizational and personal development specialist with a doctorate in communication. Contact for more information on motivational programs.

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