3 Things Every Leader Should Do Right Now

By Marianne Renner, Leadership Coach, Author, Keynote Speaker

Are You Leading or Reacting?

Leaders right now are experiencing unprecedented chaos. Life and business have been turned upside down and inside out.

You’re probably dealing with a high degree of worry, anxiety and even fear right now. Rightly so. The information and circumstances coming at you is worrisome at best.

You feel like you’re being tossed around the inside of a hurricane funnel trying to get your footing on solid ground.

Your first thought may be to react. But there’s a difference between reacting and leading. Reacting leads to more chaos. Leading moves teams forward.

So how do you impact your teams and organizations as a leader instead of a reactor?

Here are three ways to know whether you’re showing up as a leader.

 

#1 Think Others First

When you think about others, you become more energized. It feels good to help someone else, and it gets your mind off of unnecessary worry.

A reactor says, “how can I meet my own needs,” disregarding the needs of others.

A leader says: “how can I meet the needs of others for the greater good of all?” A leader asks, “how can I use my unique talents to serve? Where can I add value?”

 

#2 Practice Compassion

A reactor blames and complains. A reactor hears news and reacts by pointing fingers, placing blame, and complaining about what’s wrong.

A leader responds and understands.

A leader hears news and seeks to understand. A leader says, “I know everyone is trying to do their best.”

 

#3 Adapt to Change

A reactor stays stuck in the past and resists the present moment. A reactor worries about the future and problems that don’t exist.

A leader stays in the present and accepts what is. A leader looks for ways to adapt to the new situation.

A leader is a thinker – thinking about next steps. He or she maintains a vision for the future and sees the possibilities ahead.

 

Here’s why this matters:

What you focus on expands.

Staying in a place of reaction keeps you stuck in frustration and anxiety. It drains you of your energy and robs you of your ability to solve problems.

When you’re in a state of reaction and negativity, your brain doesn’t function the same. Your ability to think creatively and solve problems diminishes greatly.

You’re less likely to tap into creative solutions needed to get through times of crisis.

When you step into the behaviors of leadership, you become energized, empowered, and motivated into action.

You benefit. Your organization benefits. Those around you benefit.

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