Whether we like it or not, crisis is a fact of life. Many leaders run into turbulent times and while many succumbed to the hardship, a number is lost and overwhelmed by its immense upshot. Handling crisis starts with the recognition that it’s a normal phenomenon. Everyday we are faced with crises of every kind. Some come unexpectedly; others are expected. Some crises are externally imposed; others are self induced. We live in the best of times, and also the worst of times. Everyone – may it be a leader, an employee, a mother, a student, an entrepreneur – must “stay alive”. In a world that’s in a constant state of flux, we have to accept that crisis is the “new normal”.
But crisis, no matter how negative its connotation is bring forth certain benefits to ones leadership. If we come to realize and make use of our trials, we’ll discover that it’s not that bad after all. Even the most challenging situation has its benefits too:
Increased personal strength
The most common benefit of crisis is a greater confidence arising from the discovery of one’s inner strengths. Crisis brings out the inner determination and will to live that lies within each of us. When pushed on the wall, the human spirit responds with amazing grace. We find ourselves surprised that we have surpassed certain trials we never thought we could overcome.
Deeper appreciation of life
Crisis can bring a newfound sense of gratitude and deeper appreciation of the value of life. You’ll notice that after a difficult crisis episode, you begin to appreciate life more than ever before. Crisis activates a sense of gratefulness for the gift of the present moment and enables you to put life in a better, clearer perspective.
More meaningful relationships
Crisis helps you discover who your true friends are or who the loyal employee is, the one who willed to stay with you no matter what happens. People who go through a personal crisis see the importance of a supportive environment and they begin to prioritize their relationships even more. Crisis brings people together and makes them realize that they need each other, especially in bad times.
To overcome and triumph amidst life’s inevitable crisis – personal, leadership crisis, financial, emotional – requires almost heroic qualities. In a sense, each one of us is called to be an “everyday hero” because living in today’s turbulent times is not for the weak and faint of heart.
Jodi and Mike specialize in executive coaching with individuals and teams. http://lighthouse-leadership.com. By the way, do you want to learn more about leadership in your company? If so, download your FREE ebook here: Elegant Courage Leadership
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