When the economy is going well, whoever is at the wheel gets the praise.
When you have a team that is filled with experienced, self-driven resources that deliver on their own, your job is simplified.
When you have all the fancy tools and doodads to make yourself a success – it helps.
Anyone can lead in these cases (and more) when everything is running well, the car is brand new, there are no issues – nothing can go wrong. In these cases, you’re not leading per se but guiding, staying the course, manning the helm. You’re not having to change anything.
But when things are going wrong, people are leaving, deadlines are being missed, your budget has shrunk – can you maintain the same team dynamic, motivating, inspiring work ethic that you instilled in your team when things were going well?
Can you keep them (and yourself) on point without losing your cool and keeping them on task?
If you can that’s Leadership, if you can’t, take a moment to figure out what you need to get there.
It’s not easy, it’s not meant to be.