When there is uncertainty for the future, leaders clarify vision for where the organization is going.

When a good opportunity pops up that pulls the organization from its core strategy, leaders say “no.”

When teams are pulling in different directions, leaders prioritize what’s important now.

When conflicts arise around competing core values, leaders lead through the conflict to preserve unity.

When leaders make mistakes, leaders are quick to admit responsibility.

When mistakes are made by someone else, leaders are quick to take responsibility.

When the team gets comfortable and content to stick with past practices, leaders challenge the status quo.

When there is work to be completed and deadlines to hit, leaders prioritize time for leadership development and equipping others.

When talented, high capacity people join the team, leaders let others lead but they never give away accountability.

When someone continues to drop the ball, leaders step in to coach and redirect.

When someone continues to ignore the coaching, leaders remove people from the team.

When consensus is impossible and people are watching, leaders make decisions knowing criticism will follow.

When the future is set and a team has clear vision, values and priorities, leaders empower others to make decisions.

When the crisis hits and people are searching for direction, leaders make decisions quickly and decisively.

Do you know the biggest challenge of being a leader?

Eventually you have to lead.

 
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