Effective leaders are often juggling multiple tasks, priorities, people, and emotions. In order to remain effective, leaders must maintain a sense of consistency and direction. It’s a tall order to keep everything moving in an organized fashion and in all honesty, one of the challenges of being a leader is to maintain the dependency and perfection that people come to expect. However, what do you do as a leader on those days when you’re feeling overwhelmed and you just don’t feel like leading? Leaders aren’t always perfect and sometimes they, too, get caught up in emotion or become reactive in high-pressure situations.
Create a Playbook
Look to your team to create an outline of what a typical day in the office looks like. What is the best way to go about completing their responsibilities? How should the team work with one another, stay organized, and communicate with one another? What should the team do if things go bad and an issue should be escalated? Does the team use any tools to accomplish their work and if so, how should the team use those tools? Write everything down and get the team’s buy-in on common processes and practices.
Make a Routine
What does your every day look like? Do you exercise, meditate, eat a certain way, or do a set of tasks on a continual basis? How about your team? Do you have structure in the office and does your team meet at a certain time to catch up on a daily or weekly basis? Identify both personal and professional actions that you and your team can depend on and make it a routine to always do them, no matter what.
Be present and expect your team to do the same. What does your playbook and routine look like? Do you have your team’s agreement and buy-in on a common way of doing things? When you get to this point, plug in and don’t waiver.
Finally, the one thing effective leaders can always depend on is discipline. There will be days when you need a break and decide to take time off. Other days will be a complete disaster where nothing seems to go as expected. There will also be those moments when your emotions take over and you just don’t feel like it. Rather than let things crumble, fall back on something tangible. Look to processes that your team can depend on to keep things running smoothly. Look to your daily routine to keep a sound mind and stay focused. Reach out to a business coach or consultant to help you see a new perspective. Depend on buy-in and accountability when things don’t go as expected. When all else fails and you’re not sure where to look, turn to discipline and it will get you back on track.