"Leading in Tough Times"
Your Success Thought for the Week of March 5, 2008

Many of my executive coaching sessions of late have centered on a highly important topic: 'Leading In Tough Times.' Whether you're a small business owner or the manager of a team of three to 3,000, the times are changing rapidly.

For the past few years, my leaders have been faced with 'entitlement' issues of younger employees feeling entitled to high pay without putting in the effort to actually earn it. As challenging as that has been, today's economic climate adds to the complexity of keeping teams motivated to perform at their highest levels.

Anyone can lead in the good times. Challenging times call for mastery in our leaders, yet the overall rules of leadership haven't changed. They are merely intensified. Below are approaches that are working for my executive clients:

  • Be the leader others want to follow: Demonstrate exactly what you want from your team-creativity, enthusiasm, loyalty, good judgment. Come in early; stay late. Know that they will emulate you, your attitudes and your actions.

  • Pay attention to the small things: Who on your team appears to be more worried or negative than normal; perhaps their work is slipping; or their work hours diminishing. Show your awareness and concern before it's too late.

  • Look for opportunities: Many companies prosper in tough economic times by being aware of their customer's changing needs and then coming up with solutions. Leadership coaching is an example. While good leaders can always grow to become great leaders, they require more support when faced with cutbacks, layoffs, and motivating a fearful team.

  • Keep your eye on the future: The economic tides will turn and when they do, you want to be ahead of the game. What will your company look like a year from now? Clean house. What training programs can you update or initiate? What about updating policies and procedures, dress code, employee handbooks? Your competition is likely so worried about today that they're not focused on tomorrow. However, you're much wiser than that.

Tell me what works for you in these changing times, and I'd be thrilled to share your 'Leadership Success' techniques or stories with my readers. Don't be afraid that some of them are your competition. No one can do it like you.

Have a great week and enjoy your discoveries!

Ann - 02-08 P. S. We'd love to hear how you used our 'Success Thought of The Week' in your business or personal dealings.

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