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Mastering Leadership in Turbulent Times: 5 Invaluable Strategies for Success

Leading in organisational environments that are constantly changing course and tackling such issues of the day as reorganisations, downsizing and market uncertainties requires a different repertoire of leadership skills. The five core techniques described in this article will lead you safely through the perfect storm.

1. Embrace Integrity as a Cornerstone

Integrity must be the foundation upon which leaders build their careers. Without integrity, the leader and, more importantly, the organisation will suffer. Without consistency and honour, a leader acts only in the short run, and that is usually the last run. MCI grew so fast that it seemed too successful to fail. It did for all the wrong reasons.

2. Cultivate a Passion for Knowledge

Because things are changing so rapidly, keeping up is the order of the day. A thirst for knowledge must become insatiable among leaders so they are equipped with the right tools to engage their troops in transformation. It’s not about having all the answers to challenges as they occur, but with being equipped to respond decisively. Leaders must help themselves and their staff to communicate more widely, instinctively reaching for the search button, leveraging enterprise training programmes to upskill and turning to the mentors they surround themselves with.

3. Embrace Decisiveness in Leadership

It takes decisiveness to be a leader. The urge to delay decisions while awaiting more information weakens leadership just as it undermines progress. Procrastination thrives on inaction; on the other hand, good ideas driven by action accomplish a lot. Even though we act based on past experience, good leaders make choices, adjust on the go, and execute on decisions. Indecision signals uncertainty – a confession of doubt that can lead to a loss of team confidence.

4. Envision a Compelling Future

True visionaries are looking a few steps ahead, but also extending further into the future. Great leaders show their teams what could be possible. The vision, mission, planning, goals and objectives need to be communicated to the team consistently, such that the ‘disposition’ prevails. The team meetings become an ideal place for planning how to preach the vision into every aspect of the work, whether encouraging, training, planning, or executing a certain task. Such a vision helps to stabilise the team, orient them beyond the day-to-day challenges when things are not going well, and prevent team members panicking.

5. Nurture Selflessness and Servant Leadership

The very best leaders are deeply unselfish. Being a servant leader in the sense advocated by Stephen Covey, means placing the team first. Unselfish leaders give positive feedback freely, listen to concerns, and are highly responsive to them. Taking the time to truly know your team members makes them feel valued. These moments of unselfish support are ones that you – as a leader – will never forget.

Elevating Leadership: A Call to Action

However, in adversity, deploying these leadership secrets is a strategic imperative. Pick just one, align it with your vision, mission and goals and see where they take you – in corporate storms and new opportunities alike. You will transform your leadership to a whole new level.

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Questions and Answers:

Why is integrity crucial for leaders in challenging situations?

Integrity is the bedrock of trust and reputation. Credibility is a leader’s currency, and honesty and consistency hold it together in any storm.

How can leaders keep up with rapid changes in the workplace?

Leaders must develop an eagerness for learning. They must tap the internet, training programmes and mentors in order to make decisions quickly and intelligently.

Why is decisiveness important for effective leadership?

Much progress is the result of decisiveness and forward motion. A leader chooses a course and, where the original plans do not prove effective, adjustments and adaptations should be made to move forward again.

How can leaders convey a compelling vision to their teams?

Visionaries not only think about the present, but also the future. Regular communication of the team’s vision, mission and goals allows employees to be aligned and enabled in moving the team forward.

What is servant leadership, and how does it benefit leadership in challenging times?

The secret of servant leadership is to put the team’s interests first: to listen to every concern. Leaders that are unselfish build trust and gain dedication, and motivate their teams.

How can these leadership techniques be implemented effectively?

When they’re processing the knowledge and wisdom they’ve learned, one approach that can help leaders implement their vision and goals is picking one of these techniques and using it to guide themselves through adversity, transformation and forward motion.