7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure

‘Being a leader is easy’ – said by no one ever. How leaders respond to pressure, deadlines, and difficult situations is an indicator of their leadership preparedness and maturity. It takes time to become a calm, cool, collected leader. Learning how to maintain composure under the most stressful situations, can help diffuse the situation and create a feeling of safety and security for those around you. Not cool under pressure? Don’t panic! Here are seven ways leaders maintain their composure in difficult times.

Seven Ways to Maintain Composure

  1. Keep Emotions in Check
    Never wear your emotions on your sleeves, which is usually easier said than done, unless you have an amazing poker face. Great leaders do not resort to yelling or getting worked up when the going gets tough. Self-control and most importantly, control of body language is important during a crisis. When emotions get in the way, thinking can be clouded and this can lead to rash decisions.
  2. Remember it’s Not Personal
    Not everything works out. Sometimes plans go out the window along with hours of hard work. Don’t take it personally and most importantly, don’t get defensive or make rash actions. Office politics can only cloud your ability to make decisions. So remember, it’s not personal.
  3. Keep a Positive Outlook
    Employees are always watching. A positive attitude can go along way during crisis. Keep co-workers inspired and hopeful by always smiling and maintaining authoritative but friendly open dialog. The leader sets the tone for the organization, always. Being positive can neutralize chaos and allow you to redirect and correct the situation.
  4. Be Fearless
    Exude confidence and be fearless in the face of diversity. Confidence is infectious. Every situation is manageable and can be resolved. When fear creeps in, ask yourself: What is the worst thing that can happen? Objectivity is key to combatting your fears.
  5. Take Responsibility
    One of the perks, and downfalls of being a leader is assuming responsibility. Whether the situation is good or bad and regardless of if the issue was caused by you, or not. It’s your responsibility. The sooner you realize this, the sooner you can get past it and begin working through the issue.
  6. Fake it Until You Make it
    One of the most effective things you can do in a time of crisis is pretend you’ve been there before. Fake it until you figure it out. Natural leaders arise in times of crisis by showing their problem solving skills and ability to think clearly. Be patient, hear everyone’s side and show compasion to those affected.

Your job as a leader is to make difficult challenges seem easy. Remaining calm, cool and collected will instill hope in others around you and ultimately diffuse the situation until it can be fully resolved. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy, but learning to keep your composure will serve you well as a leader.

Full article via Forbes

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