Leadership in Distress

by Bob Rausch, Ph.D.

Each of us has a specific capacity for leading. Wouldn’t you like to know that you are using your total capacity for leading at work and home? Every one of your leadership characteristics Leadership in Distresscan be available to you every day. There is only one thing standing in the way of you experiencing 100% of those behaviors. That one thing is ‘stress.’ You can’t possibly lead to your highest capacity while overwhelmed with stress. You’re either going to be controlled by stress or by those behaviors you know demonstrate strong leadership.

There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to leading. I don’t agree with the notion that “You’re either a leader or you’re not a leader.” We each have a different capacity when it comes to leadership. We’re not all going to be a Jack Welsh or a Donald Trump. However, we can all lead to our full capacity if we maximize our energy and minimize stress in our lives.

Steps to Operate at Full Capacity

In my proprietary Energy Driven Leader System there are seven steps to becoming the leader you want to be at work and home. The first step is to believe in your gifts, talents, and purpose. Here are four things for you to consider.

  • Make reconnecting to your leadership behaviors a priority – You know you have a gift to lead, but there is so much on your plate that it’s overwhelming at times. The first step is reconnecting to your gifts, talents, and strengths; and it must become a priority in your life.
  • Don’t try to clean the plate first – Most people make the mistake of attacking the stressor in their life. Although attacking stress seems like the natural thing to do, it’s the opposite thing that needs to be done.
  • Develop a true inventory – Take a true and accurate inventory of your gifts, talents and strengths. List the key leadership qualities and behaviors you possess. Some of them may be in hibernation because you have been dealing with too much stress. Your job is to wake them up.
  • Create your “Why” statement – A “why” statement describes your purpose for doing ‘what’ you do. It can be created from the list of gifts, talents and strengths you developed.

If you found these tips from Bob Rausch, Ph.D. of value and are a PMP looking to earn PMI PDUs, you might be interested in his self-paced, downloadable courses at PDUs2Go.com.


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