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Every organization and team has times where everyone is stretched, stress abounds, and even times where it seems things are going backwards for a while. It could be in a time of crisis for the organization or during an exceptionally busy season. It could that be internal or external issues are causing the stress. In these seasons, good leadership is more critical than ever.
Mature leaders have learned (often the hard way) that the way they respond in stress will directly impact the organization and everyone attempting to follow them. Ultimately the care for the organization greatly depends on the leader’s response during the stressful seasons.
Ways - Leader - Times
Here are 5 mature ways for a leader to respond in stressful times:
A leader must display a calmness in the midst of crisis. If the leader panics everyone panics. Trying times test a team and the leader needs to add a calmness to the situation, helping assure people everything will be okay.
Leader - Hope - People - Reality - People
This does not mean that the leader should give a false hope. People should understand reality, but it does mean helping people find a sense of balance and hope in the midst of what may seem hopeless in their minds.
There will always be temptations to give up under stress – for the team and the leader. A leader must walk by faith and keep the team...
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