Getting back in the Zone

Taking on a leadership roll whether it is related to a project or team can cause one to experience stress in the workplace.  Depending on your experience and the role this will affect some more than others, but I want you to know that it is common in every field among leaders and you can work your way through it, it doesn’t come easily. An emotionally demanding role can leave you feeling physically and mentally drained which can lead to other problems both at work and in your personal life.

There are self-help tips that we have gotten from the many business leaders that we have interviewed over the years for you try yourself for your own personal well-being, and so you and your team:

Understand your role – Understanding your role and the outcomes that are expected can help your stress levels and help you plan.  It allows you to bring people together in a shared goal and open up your and your team’s creative spirit.

Identify your strengths- Emotional demands can tax your confidence and self-esteem, so it’s important to know your strengths and build on them.

Identify your weaknesses- Knowing your weakness is equally or more important as knowing your strength.  Naturally we all prefer to concentrate on our strengths instead of our weaknesses.  This will allow you to challenge the strengths in others to meet a common goal, plus it will allow you to learn new skills or develop the ones that you have.

Be Honest with yourself and your team- Studies have found that you can alleviate stress by being honest with yourself and your team.  Being as honest and authentic makes people feel free to be themselves and to communicate their emotions, both positive and negative, workplace tension is reduced.

Work on conflict resolution- Don’t let the little things divide you, always look at the big picture and look forward to coming together on projects rather than moving apart. Remember to escalate or evaluate until you come to a resolution. Being stuck is among the worst things that can happen when you have a lot going on and you’re trying to be productive.

Use of empathy- When your environment and business culture are demanding, empathy is especially important. It isn’t always easy to show empathy, especially when situations are challenging or taxing. But when you take the time to understand what another person is feeling it will help you connect on a deeper level and cultivate a more meaningful relationship.

Learn from your mistakes- This is a very important one and a skill that all leaders need to learn whether you are the president of the large corporation or a mom and pop store and that is to be open about and admit to your mistakes, smart enough to profit from them and strong enough to correct them.  We all make mistakes, all of us.  We all have had struggles and challenges.  We all have some regrets or things that we would like to go back and do over, all of us.  It is important to remember that you are not your mistakes, and you are not your struggles. Instead of letting mistakes bring you down, use them to take full ownership of your potential and reach for the stars.

by Jamie Barrie