Leading through difficult times

by Feb 22, 20163Plus, Career, Leadership

The challenge of leading through difficult times

Leading through difficult times

Leading through difficult times

Everybody knows that in life, there are moments when everything looks not only difficult to cope with, but also seems that the entire nature or human race is against your will. The reasons can be silent enemies such as regular stress, problems at work or in the family. Nevertheless, there can also be much deeper difficult times, such as natural disasters, wars, strikes and the list can go on.

Prepare for any situation

No one wants or needs to cross such moments, but…[Tweet “a good leader should be prepared for any situation.”] People place their trust in leaders, and you would never want to disappoint the confidence they have in you. Moreover, it’s not only about disappointing your followers but, the leader’s role is to lead the masses in difficult times as well.

All people experience crises in one way or another during their lives and leaders are no exception to this. The only difference is the fact that for almost everyone, hard times are somehow softer (if we can say that such difficult times can be soft) because there will always be someone to lead them to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

However, what about the leaders themselves? [Tweet “Who leads the leaders? “]Perhaps it’s better to ask how you as a leader can lead those in crises.

In truth, leaders must have strong shoulders because huge weights are always laid upon them.

Stronger shoulders for women

[Tweet “A woman who leads should have even stronger shoulders.”] That is because the society in which we live still questions a woman leader. Therefore, in difficult times, you will need to give people straight answers to any of the following fears that society may have.

  1. Can a woman make the right decision?
  2. Is a woman leader emotionally strong enough?
  3. Can she handle crises?
  4. Is the woman a player?
  5. Will she remain action oriented?

What can you, the leader woman, do? [Tweet “In fact, the real work of a leader starts precisely in difficult moments.”]

12 Facts to Remember when leading through difficult times


  1. Get to the point. Before saying anything, before acting in response to a certain situation, think precisely what your message needs to be. Then say it quickly.
  2. Exercise your risk muscles. In difficult times, you cannot play it safe.
  3. Think strategically and act tactically. Add value to each action you need to take.
  4. Be flexible. Even if you built a strong plan, remain mentally agile and adapt your actions to sudden changes.
  5. Keep your calm. A leader is expected not to panic. Control your feelings such as anger and fear. They will only succeed to send you to a level where you lose your leader qualities.
  6. Detach yourself from negativity. It is hard to do this in a time of crisis, but if you want to make logical and constructive decisions, you should depart from it.
  7. Remember your past mistakes. Remember what you learned from them and apply that knowledge to the bigger crises scale.
  8. Combine your masculine and feminine qualities. In a time of crisis, any good leader will activate both her feminine and masculine sides. Bring to life all these skills and you will suddenly become very resourceful.
  9. Activate your courage. To be courageous does not mean to transform yourself into a movie hero who slays the enemy. Rather activate your heart and spirit and aim at the right target.
  10. Walk in faith. Doing this, you will be able to overcome any difficult times. Shifting to a faith mindset, will boost your power to lead your life and others through any situation.
  11. Think about the bigger picture. It is not about you. The situation you cross depends on and affects higher levels.
  12. You are a strong and smart woman. Do not waste your time doubting. Wake up! Just act and others will follow you.

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