Crazy Times

yellow_guy_crazy_hg_whtThere are days when I don’t want to lead, be responsible or give expert advice. No questions, no answers. I just want to step away from my gift and deal with my humanity. It’s the day ‘superman’ takes time off. I don’t want to be strong; I’m happy on the couch. Every leader knows what I mean.

This feeling does not mean that the world stops for you to catch your breath. You still have to be up early, make that trip or meet deadlines. The demands never stop. You’re expected to be on point!

Like everyone else, leaders go through times when they simply don’t have it together. When they search for answers and don’t know what to do. They are confused and lost in a maze.

At this point, it’s helpful to be truthful. Admit to your team that you don’t have it together and ask for help. Find a small group to walk through the mess with you. This group will help you maintain balance and function in your gift as you clean up. Most importantly, understand that it’s only a phase. It will end!

Keep Fighting!

minersavedThe world watched in awe as 33 miners in Chile emerged from the earth after being trapped for 69 days. The 2010 incident saw wishes turn into prayers as the rescue effort took place. People worked tirelessly, powered by the strong desire for a positive outcome. They would not have it any other way.

In leadership, uncertain times are guaranteed. When all you have to give your team is the strong conviction of a positive outcome. In crisis, the lack of hope decreases the team’s energy level. Hence, effective leaders are careful to keep hope alive.

When hope is gone, people would usually give up. They become blind to resources, they are not able to improvise and generally have no strength to fight.

Where do you go when you’re low on hope? Every leader ought to have an effective hope system. There’s got to be a place where you get refreshed and energized. Where you regain your swing and find strength to keep fighting. Nobody said leadership is easy, but hope makes it worthwhile.

Fuel

fuelInspire! That’s the leader’s first job; to influence others to act. Celine Dion was inspired by Michael Jackson to learn the English language. Action is the proof of inspiration.

In the simplest forms, we influence each other. However, what’s powerful is when inspiration occurs on purpose. It is the consciousness that you have a gift that can give others the required push into greatness.

Some years ago I read, The Making of an American Capitalist, Warren Buffet’s biography by Roger Lowenstein. It opened up an aspect of me that I didn’t know existed. The book called out the businessman in me.

Someone is waiting to be inspired by you on purpose. Guess what? Who you are right now is enough. You have something that can be a positive catalyst for another’s success. Just release it; give it away. It may not look significant to you, but for someone, it’s the key to the next level. Don’t hold back!