Stress Pushes You Down – David Marquet
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Stress Pushes You Down

Leadership Nudge – Stress Pushes You Down

Leaders, your mission should you choose to accept it is to stay the leader you want to be even under times of stress.

Even when you have a lot to get done, and even when you are under time pressure. Our tendency is to tell others what to do; to take control and give orders. Remember, under stress we always get pushed down to the bottom of the ladder.

Normally you might be the leader that says, “Hey, what do you guys think?” or “What would you like to do?” or “ What do you intend to do?” You make it a point to listen to your people. You do a great job, then all of the sudden it gets stressful and boom, you drop down, “hey do this, do this, do this, I don’t have time to tell you why.”

My leadership nudge to you this week is this:

Try your best to resist that as much as possible. Don’t allow stress to inadvertently cause you to be a bad leader. Be deliberate and let me know how it goes.

3 thoughts on “Stress Pushes You Down”

  1. Chad Sheridan

    You can avoid this by staying partially disconnected. Find ways to stay partially removed. It’s not easy, as the temptation is to over-engage in meetings, even if the outcome is not in doubt, when something is “not quite right”. We must learn to sit on our hands and provide notes after the fact, vs. correcting in public.

  2. Brent Hedden

    There are different types of stress and each can play a pivotal role in your leadership. The key is determining which types of stress are present and how to best manage your stress in a beneficial way. Good stress causes us to push harder and to achieve great things while bad stress takes control of us and is very debilitating. Take the time to differentiate your stress and take advantage of the good and get rid of the bad.

  3. Valerie

    I’m in a learning team for a corporation and we’re learning about Situational Leadership from a Ken Blanchard workshop. The premise is that leadership depends on the situation/goal/task that an individual is responsible for. In some cases, leaders have to provide high/low direction (tell what, how and when to do something) and high/low support (ask questions, provide encouragement, listen deeply) Some situations require a more direct style (i.e. a fire in the office) vs. supportive (team building activities) This seems to make sense to me…I imagine if your style has a been high directive and that has been the accepted leadership style within the culture of the Navy, leading by intention is a huge departure.

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