A leader is a dealer in calm. You need to keep your head while all around you are losing theirs – to paraphrase Rudyard Kipling. Dealing in calm means taking measured, considered decisions. It means staying the course – if it is the right course - even though you are being pressured from all sides to change this or go there. Your people can see when decisions are being made out of panic and desperation – and it does not inspire confidence. Keep your eye on the vision. Stay true to the guiding policy of your strategy – who you are; what you do; what you don’t do – and refuse to be rushed into making rash decisions that create confusion and uncertainty. Keep taking that 20 mile march every single day in the direction of your destination.
Take a long hard look in the mirror. Are you the picture of calm? Or do you exude panic? Do you keep your team calm, or are they also headless chickens. You need to create a calm ocean. If you are not, take this into your coaching and work on it. Your team cannot win if you are in a panic – and you will never be able to hide it.
Thank you for joining me on this journey to tap into the inspirational leader within. How has coaching, and having a trusted sounding board assisted in developing your ability to remain calm? Email me about your successes.