It is during times of uncertainty and hardship in which true leaders are born. Being a leader during times of uncertainty means more than just staying calm and collected. Being a leader during times of uncertainty is about being able to navigate through any and all obstacles that life throws your way while being able to remain calm and unfazed in the midst of all chaos that surrounds you.
If you look at all great leaders, whether in business, sports, or life in general, they all have one thing in common; they never give up.
Right now is one of the times where true leaders shine and separate themselves from the rest of society. If you want to stand out, then this is the time where you need to be stronger than the adversities that you are facing and make the most of the opportunities that you have in front of you regardless of the circumstances.
Be A Leader During Times of Uncertainty
Here are 8 strategies you can use that will help you to be a leader during times of uncertainty.
1. Leaders forget about themselves and focus on others.
When times are as uncertain as they are now, it’s easy to focus solely on ourselves. We start to feel isolated, hopeless, and will do anything to gain a sense of comfort and control.
As we are seeing now, a perfect example of this would be how grocery stores are empty because nobody wants to be left without food or supplies. To compensate for the uncertainty that we are experiencing, we buy as much as we can to ensure that we will never run low.
Leaders, on the other hand, go in the opposite direction. Leaders use trying times as an opportunity to connect with those around them and focus on helping others to find the positives in negative situations.
2. Leaders forget about the luxuries and focus on relationships.
When times are tough, people often stress about losing the things that they have in life whether it be homes, cars, health, etc. While it’s not easy to let go of any of these commodities, real leaders focus on their relationships with others around them more than the commodities they have to their name.
It’s important during times of struggle and uncertainty to focus on what truly matters – family, friends, and people in general. Let go of your wants and desires and be there to help support those around you.
3. Leaders forget about perfection and focus on progression.
There is no such thing as perfection and leaders are the ones who realize this better than anybody. The reason leaders are where they are is because they have embraced the fact that they are going to fail and that in order to succeed, one must be willing to accept the possibility of failure in order to take chances and find success.
Just like muscles in the body get stronger when you continue to exercise them, so too do the muscles in your mind when you continue to challenge them. So while times may be difficult, use it as a time to grow your mind, body, and spirit.
4. Leaders forget about their losses and focus on opportunities.
Similar to how leaders focus on progression and forget about perfection, they also focus on opportunities that are ahead of them instead of the losses from their past.
Everybody experiences challenges and obstacles in life, but leaders will never let these challenges and obstacles stop them from moving forward in life. Instead, they focus on the opportunities that life presents them on a daily basis and make the most out of every situation they encounter.
5. Leaders forget about the past and future and focus on today.
It is good to learn from the past and strive for a better future? Yes, but not to the point where you are forgetting to focus on today and to make the most out of the life that you are living in the here and now.
No matter how badly we want to change the past, we are never going to be able to. No matter how badly we want a different future for ourselves, unless we work in the moment to create that future, we are never going to see it. The point is that leaders focus on the present moment better than anybody else because they know how valuable the present moment is. I mean, in times of uncertainty, the present moment is the only thing that is certain.
6. Leaders forget about who they were and focus on who they can be.
The past never defines a person. We all have done things in the past in which we aren’t necessarily proud of and have experienced more obstacles and challenges than we can possibly count. But what’s more important than our mistakes and our challenges is the fact that we are still here and because of our unwillingness to settle for mediocrity, we are stronger and wiser individuals than we used to be.
Nobody starts out by being successful, strong, or wise. We learn these skills as we continue to embrace life’s challenges and learn from them. If we allow ourselves to be consumed by our pasts, we will never find the strength and motivation to continue to move forward and grow into who we want to be.
7. Leaders forget about what they don’t have and focus on what they do have instead.
Too often in life, we get so caught up in constantly envisioning more and more for ourselves that we forget to actually start working towards the very things that we want in the first place. We organize every piece of the puzzle by size, color, and quality, but what we fail to actually piece it together. As a result, the puzzle never gets completed and we never reach the end goal.
The same is said for life. Leaders realize that they don’t need everything right away in order to start chasing their goals and building their dreams. Life is a process, and over time, everything will fall into place. But the key is to simply start. Whatever it is that you want in life, you need to be willing to start in order to achieve your goal.
8. Leaders forget about the negatives and focus on perception.
Have you ever noticed when times are tough, everybody immediately resorts to complaining and feeling sorry for their circumstances? And why is that? Because it’s easier to feel sorry for ourselves than to take responsibility.
Leaders, on the other hand, know that they don’t have the ability to control the actions of others or every event that shapes out over the course of their life. What they can control, however, is their perception. Leaders understand that life isn’t perfect, but they always find the good in every situation because they know focusing on the negatives will do them no good.
Think what you have what it takes to be a true leader?
Right now, more than ever, the world needs more leaders. Be the type of person that you would look up to. Be there for others, find the good in even the most challenging of times, and focus on being the best that you can be each and every single day. Not just for you, but for the world around you as well. It needs you more than you know.