Leadership: 4 Reasons to Face Realities

April 13, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

In this latest guest blog post, Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements, shares why it’s vital for Leaders to be very honest about their role – and the people they lead. You can find out more at his excellent blog at goalsandachievements.com

Leadership: 4 Reasons to Face Realities

In these challenging economic times, the chances are you might be facing some difficult choices and struggles.  Even if you are in a sector or industry that has not been impacted so far, it does not mean that there will be no impact in the future.

When faced with tough or challenging times, it is easy to fall into the trap of playing the victim.  So what are 4 key reasons why you should avoid victim mode and face up to realities?

Reason 1: You take control

As soon as you make a decision to face up to the realities of a situation, no matter how difficult it might be, you consciously decide to take control of the situation.

Once you decide to take control, you stop looking for the magic bullet or solution to appear from outside the organisation and face up to your responsibility as a leader.

Reason 2: You cannot change the past

The past is history.  Hindsight is a great thing in terms of learning but it does not change the past.  Other than using the lessons from the past to help learn for the future, time spent looking backwards at what might have been is wasted energy.  Focus your energy on the way forward.

Reason 3: You can influence the future

While you cannot change the past you can significantly influence the future.  Think about it.  The strategies you consider, the decisions you make and actions that you take all have a significant influence on what happens in the future.

At the same time there are no guarantees.  Always remember that doing the same things and expecting different results in the fast lane to failure.

Reason 4: You get new experience and challenge

Leaders rarely thrive in the ‘status quo’.  You know those times when things just bobble along.  Look back at your career to date.

Chances are that some of the things that got you into or close to a leadership role in the first place was your drive, desire to take on new and different challenges and to be continually stretched to name just a few.

A tough or challenging time or situation can be the ideal opportunity to do what you do best.  Thrive and succeed despite the circumstances.

Bottom Line

Challenge and leadership go hand in hand.  The question is are you ready to step up to the plate and face up to the realities of the challenges you face?

Duncan Brodie is a leadership and management expert who can help you and your people achieve extraordinary success. Check his website out at www.goalsandachievements.co.uk

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