In life, the situations we find ourselves in are often not ideal. From disorganisation to lack of government support, the situation is often difficult to manage and can seem impossible to grow. When the times are tough and uncertain we often look to leaders for vision and support, but how do you become a leader who can lead in difficult situations?
Many of the world’s best leaders have come from times of struggle, oppression, times when all the odds were against them. Yet, their sheer grit and determination, along with their leadership helped them to make it through these trying times. True leaders inspire and drive those around them, even when the pickings are thin, here is how:
They Use Infertile Soils
While the media often talk about the leader who thrives in supported areas like Silicon Valley, but how often do we look at leaders who excel and grow in infertile soil. Leaders who grow their business and circle of influence on infertile land, often build stronger, hardier businesses.
It is like a farmer in the karoo. He cannot grow wheat or canola as the soil is infertile and there is a lack of water. Instead, they farm Cactus, Beans, Corn, and other hardy crops.
While it is more work and harder to achieve, true leaders can thrive in inhospitable climates.
They Have Clarity of Vision
While hard times and challenging economic climates can make it difficult for leaders to see and become part of a vision. Finding clarity of vision is a process leaders must go through to find out what they want and what they are aiming for.
They Develop Strong Values
Having strong values is crucial when operating in hard circumstances. Knowing what you stand for, why, and how you will act goes a long way in keeping you on the straight and narrow.
Set strong values for yourself and for your team.
They Walk the Road
It’s easy to talk the talk, it’s harder to walk the walk. In order to know and lead the road, you need to walk the road first. The best leaders lead by example and walk the road with or even ahead of their teams. They show them the way and climb the hills with them in order to reach the top together.
While the situation may not be ideal, the soils may not be fertile, and there is not as much support as you’d hope for; there are still opportunities to lead, inspire, and grow.