With many companies sitting on cash, cutbacks, layoffs and canceled projects continue to challenge leaders to create an inspiring work environment and provide meaningful work for their employees.
Today’s business environment is volatile, ambiguous, stressful. Without doubt, these are times that test a leader’s character.
- “How do I raise spirits in a low morale environment?”
- “Can I bare to share more dismal news about employee layoffs? Cuts to budgets?”
- “How do I explain that employees won’t receive salary increases while senior managers receive bonuses?”
The realities create struggles for the leader who sees the exhaustion, frustration, anger in their employees. Up against what the company wants and the needs of employees, managers today have added complexity in already demanding work.
As trite as it may seem, the realities can’t be met with defeat. Yes it is tough, even awkward. Managers at all levels have a choice to make: accept the mood in their company or influence what they can with their teams.
These times push us to confront the uncharted depths of our capacity to lead. The mindful leader, which you are, will choose to confront the exhaustion, frustration, anger despite not knowing what to do.
Put aside the rote-response of “corporate speak” and have real conversations about what’s going on and how employees’ lives are influenced by work, by the economy.
By not turning away from the struggle of what to do, the limitations of your leadership know-how do become clearer. You have to lean into it, though. New insights emerge. It’s uncanny, but true.
There’s a metaphor about a good storm that seems fitting. It takes a good storm to clean things out. We’re in a helluva storm right now. All storms pass. And they come again. It’s how you ride it out that can make the difference. Perhaps prepare you for the next one.