Coping With Difficulty – An Important Leadership Skill


By: Walter Pazik


Are you a successful businessperson or manager? If you are, the way you manage challenging situations will show the world your skills as a leader. There are lots of undesirable situations that can occur and challenge you in your role as manager or businessperson. These problems can be internal – such as with assistants or staff – or external forces. If you stay strong in these moments, you can grow as an individual and learn from the experience. In this article we will have a look at a number of the ways you can handle challenges in your business or career and how you can use it to help you later on.

Firstly, you should accept that the difficulties that have an effect on you or your company are yours and you are responsible for the solution. You’ll not be able to remedy these situations if you have a need to blame somebody else for their occurrence. We’re not telling you to conceal from other people how they are responsible, of course. You, on the other hand, are the leader and it’s up to you to look for a way to solve the situation and get beyond it. Maybe the worker who set the problem in motion merely needs more adequate training so he or she doesn’t do the same mistake. Or possibly, your procedures manual requires updated. You, as the leader, have to concentrate on finding out what caused the situation and discovering a solution. Then, you may have to re-train your staff or rewrite your procedures manual to reflect the necessary changes.

You’ve got no control over some negative situations, of course. To illustrate, you can’t control a recession or a drastic change in the market in which you operate. In this type of situation, you might be called upon to make a number of tough decisions, and it will be necessary for you to be of strong character. Let the weaker leaders bury their heads in the sand. You must tackle this new environment head-on so you, and your organization, will survive. The more quickly you do something to address a challenge the more likely you are to move forward and adapt to changes. An important aspect to handling adversity is how versatile you are in changing your approach and aligning yourself with new market conditions.

You shouldn’t waste time bemoaning the fact that changes should be made. Deal with this challenge head on and see it as a learning experience for future reference. If you’re able to remain calm in difficult times, you will have more clarity in what has to be done and how you are going to achieve it. This means you need to be able to cope with high levels of stress which can affect your health and efficiency if you allow it to. I’m sure you’ve seen examples where a business leader, or a star athlete, has been up against extreme challenges in their life only to come through a much strong leader as a result. This is the goal you need to shoot for in your life. Additionally, if you are strong in these situations, it will help people who look to you for leadership to also continue being calm.

It doesn’t matter if you are a business owner or the manager of another person’s company, you are certainly going to be presented with adverse difficulties every so often. If you’re able to tackle these situations with the correct attitude, it can help you to be more successful later on.

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