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Author Russ Linden: Five Things You Need To Be A Highly Effective Leader During Uncertain & Turbulent Times

Communicate the key messages but don’t overwhelm them. Respond quickly to rumors; in an absence of information, people make things up.

  1. “Listen to the words under the music.” We don’t always say what we really mean. So, leaders need to listen carefully to others, watch body language, think about the context, and maintain an attitude of curiosity.
  • Have the team identify some training they want. Ask them to invite another team that they sometimes interact with, to join them. This is a win-win; both teams learn new skills, and they’ll have time to strengthen relationships and learn new ways to work together.
  1. Create a short-term plan for each goal. Work the plan in short increments:
  2. Plan a little
  3. Implement a little
  4. Fix a little
  5. Plan a little more.
  1. Making overly optimistic projections. Leaders often under-estimate the difficulty posed by disruptive change and create unrealistic expectations for employees. The truth is, most employees can handle bad news, appreciate candor, and want to know what they and their team can do to help.
  2. Having perfectionist tendencies. Most of us aren’t at our best during disruptive times, and we need to give each other the benefit of the doubt when mistakes occur (unless it becomes a pattern with someone). Demonstrate confidence that the organization can get through this together if everyone supports everyone else.
  1. Offer a “line of sight,” giving each person an understanding of how their work connects to the priorities
  2. Emphasize relationships: check in with staff often; make it safe to discuss issues they’re facing
  3. Highlight people’s strengths to make them most productive; keep their weaknesses irrelevant
  4. Communicate the key messages but don’t overwhelm them. Respond quickly to rumors; in an absence of information, people make things up

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A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator