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A Powerful Leader in Stressful Times

Updated: Apr 13, 2021

Whether you are a leader of a Fortune 500 company or a non-profit, your maximization skills are critical to keep everything running at optimal levels during stressful periods.

We often talk about the need for efficiency or productivity as leaders, but stressful times mean stressful decision making at a very high rate of speed. Leading during this time means balancing productivity with sustainability – and currently, while all done from a distance.

So, how do you do it?

It comes down to evaluating your own mindset.


As a leader, at the start of every day, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Am I looking at the long game?

  2. How am I managing my own emotions?

  3. What is the goal or vision for my company/organization today? Am I clear about my priorities to get us there today?

  4. Are the “rockstars” of my organization equipped to do what they need to do? Are they in the role that empowers their effectiveness?

  5. How can I inspire my people? How can I help?


Looking at the long game.

Yes, right now the world is in a crisis and things are unpredictable. However, you cannot fall into myopic thinking. Your role is to look at the long-term outcomes for your organization and your people.