Leading in challenging times

Most of us are facing unprecedented challenges these days.  We’re working remotely, homeschooling our children, keeping up with recent legislation, supporting our clients…all while navigating fear during these uncertain times.

The combination of all these things may be enough to paralyze you. We understand. Sometimes, we feel stuck, too. It’s part of being human.

We also believe these challenging times present a unique opportunity to elevate your leadership capacity. It’s an opportunity to shift from the default setting of survival mode and expand into conscious leadership.

Instead of immediately reacting to a situation (or avoiding it!), we encourage you to tap into the power of the pause. Pause, and ask yourself a question. By bringing more intention to your thoughts, words and actions, you expand your leadership capacity exponentially!

What powerful questions could you ask yourself? Here are 5 ideas to get you started:

5 Questions to Expand Your Leadership Capacity

Where do I need to extend grace to myself or others? Put the human first in all your interactions. We are all struggling right now, in different ways. It’s impossible to truly know what another person is going through. And it’s probably difficult to discern what you’re struggling with yourself, as it shifts moment by moment. Seek out opportunities to connect, understand and support.

Where can I focus my energy today to contribute to a positive outcomeTake it day by day, moment by moment. It’s easy to get stuck, worrying about things you can’t control. Instead, focus your energy on the things you can positively influence. Ask yourself, “What’s one simple, positive action I can take right now?”

How do I want to show up as a leader? How do you want others to remember you during this time? Others are looking to you – how you show up, what you say, what you do and how you make them feel. They take their cues from you. How you show up matters more than you know.

What can I learn from this experience? There is power in struggle. In fact, we can experience our greatest growth during the most challenging times. What nuggets of wisdom can you glean from these challenges to elevate your leadership?

What do I need to support myself? A strong leader is a healthy leader. You must maintain your health and well-being to keep a clear head and open heart. Create self-care routines. Tap into your support network. Ask for help when you need it. (Psst…We’re here to support you, too! Check out our brand new I2L Peak Performance Challenge or our new 1-to-1 coaching specials.)

What future could you create by tapping into the power of the pause to elevate your leadership?


About the Author

Sarah Elliott, CPA, ACC believes the future of the accounting profession depends on our capacity to love. As the co-founder and principal of Intend2Lead, a leadership development firm, she coaches CPAs to access the possibility dimension: the place where fear is no longer the enemy.