Kara Redoutey, MBA, CFRE
Why are leaders hesitant to do this?
This has become a theme in this series, but it is an important topic to remember throughout leadership. We have all been there. A project doesn’t go smoothly. A result isn’t meeting our expectations. An event doesn’t go as originally planned. We believe we are entitled to react however we want. We often get annoyed when things don’t go our way. We sometimes choose to whine to others and aimlessly vent rather than face the issue at hand. We do all of these things because it’s easier and because we want others to know how difficult our job is and all the barriers we have to overcome. Unfortunately, none of these behaviors help solve the problem.
What is the case for doing it anyway?
We exist to lead our team to organizational goals, not to make mountains out of mole hills. Our desire for perfection is a good thing, but we have to understand that there will be bumps along the road, or mole hills for that matter. When we overreact, we create tension and stress on our teams. Our teams look to us for direction and guidance and if we are overreacting to the situation, we aren’t seeing our options clearly and we clearly aren’t guiding our teams. We have to keep ourselves calm and focused. When we do, we have a much better shot at jumping over the mole hill with our teams and reaching the goal together. Our teams will respect us more if we react in the right way and lead them to success.
How can you do it?
Take a moment of pause. We discussed this topic in a previous blog post earlier in the series. Often, all we need is a moment or two to seek clarity and a few deep breaths to see the options in front of us more clearly.
Seek your team’s input on how to solve the issue at hand, as last week’s blog post talks about. When they have a say and active involvement, the project is more successful. Hold a special team meeting to address the concerns you have about a project. You may find that your team already has everything taken care of and your reaction and worry is all for nothing.
Follow up big projects, events, and tasks with a wrap up meeting. You can talk about what worked, what didn’t, and plan for an even more successful undertaking next time.