Warren Bennis once stated, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” But how do we know if we’re serving up a fractured vision?
Leaders often find themselves under heavy pressure. When it comes to keeping the company running or making sure that all employees are working succinctly towards a common goal, there are times when the pressure can really get to you. And gritting your teeth and baring it isn’t going to cut it. But as the one steering the ship, you want to try and stay on top of everything. Let’s take a look at this more closely below.
Sometimes, when you’re struggling to stay afloat, your irritation goes through the roof. Perhaps you have a certain staff member who has a questionable taste in shirts or a long-winded way of speaking. It bothers you but not enough to get under your skin. But with the added stress, you may respond with a sharp-tongued comment, or just snap. And if the staff members hear that even the smallest comment will send you over the edge, they will feel inclined to give you a wide birth.
Sometimes, if one department isn’t pulling its weight as much as you’d like it to, like, for example, internal communication, you may find yourself going into overdrive trying to fix that one issue. But then, you run the risk of neglecting the other departments of the business and they could potentially suffer because they don’t have your eagle eye watching over them.
Risks don’t feel that risky anymore
If we feel pressured when it comes to the securing of contracts or a steady workflow, we could find ourselves being more willing to take risks with certain investments or daring in our approach. This also extends to our personal lives. Even when the red flags are waving about for all to see, you are still blind to the risks you are taking. Imagine taking a long commute home with busy traffic and your mind is elsewhere. We’ll let your imagination fill out the rest.
Everything is a doomsday scenario
We’ve all had moments where we’ve worried about something, but because we’re a little more prone to neuroses than others, it feels very real, like being handed a death sentence. It’s hard to believe that the fear of the worst-case scenario is more overwhelming than the logic of the actual scenario, but it is. And if something goes wrong, like say, a deal falls through or you’re unable to meet a deadline, or one of your regular clients is considering taking their business elsewhere, you could immediately start thinking about how this is the beginning of the end for the business.
You may not know it, but there may have been times when you were showing off these exact traits without knowing it. We never really see the more aggravated side of ourselves unless we have a mirror thrust into our face. Think about how you want to be seen to the rest of the staff and how you can address these issues while still keeping the ship steered. They will still depend on you for your vision.