If you work in the professional world, you will face trials during your working life. If you’re fortunate, those trials will be short-lived, and you won’t have to deal with them more than once. If you’re unlucky, you’ll face one trial after another, and you will need to learn how to lead through those trials effectively.
Too often, we will repeat the same mistakes that made the trials arise in the first place. We need to overcome these mistakes. More importantly, we need to get through the trials so we can resolve the main issue.
Today, we will look at 5 tips to help you lead effectively through any trial.
5 Tips For Leading Through Trials
1. Be mentally tough:
Want to make it through the trials of leadership? You will have to be mentally tough.
To be mentally tough, you will have to remind yourself of who you are, whose you are, and why you’re leading.
When you begin to get these pieces in place, you can build your mental toughness.
2. Stay focused:
Too many leaders lose focus during trials. They seek out the next big thing (that turns into the next big flop). Or they focus on the trial at hand. This isn’t good either.
Instead, they focus on the big picture. They understand that if they focus on their mission and vision, the other items will fall into place.
Stop chasing squirrels. Stop focusing on the trial.
Focus on the big picture.
3. Be courageous:
You may want to crawl into a corner and cry during a trial. You may think you don’t have what it takes to get through these challenging times.
Let me tell you: YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES. YOU CAN BE COURAGEOUS.
Courage will get you through many of the trials in life. You have to be willing to step into the trials, which takes courage.
Stop being scared. Start being courageous.
4. Seek counsel from trusted friends:
You’ve probably read this in previous blog posts of mine but trusted friends and wise counsel are a must for leaders. These trusted friends have a culmination of life experiences that you don’t have the time or energy to find out for yourself.
When you begin to face trials, think of your trusted friends. Who in your group has gone through something similar?
Oh, Bob has had an issue with an IRS audit? Talk to him to find out how he got through the audit. Tina had to lay off 10 people? Ask her how she did this tactfully.
Your trusted friends bring wisdom to your small world. Use their insights to grow yourself and save yourself from the massive learning curve they’ve already experienced.
5. Keep God first:
Trials will come and go. However, God will always be there.
Keep God first as you go through trials. He sticks closer than a brother. He also listens better than your brother.
Keeping God first helps you to understand the important parts of your life. Your spiritual life is the most important part as it is an eternal part of you.
Learn to go to God, ask for His help, and listen to His answer.