May 20, 2020
Challenge comes in various forms—an industry shift, the introduction of new technology, and, yes, even an unpredictable and unexpected global pandemic. Whether the challenge is large or small, however, leaders are the ones who take charge, engage others, and show we care. We have a responsibility to develop in ourselves—and those around us—what psychologists call “psychological hardiness,” and to create conditions that encourage everyone to seize the initiative in tumultuous times. The following are the last three of the six actionable strategies adapted from Turning Adversity into Opportunity that can help you do that.
To implement each of these strategies, identify a situation that you and your constituents are currently facing. Pause and reflect on the questions associated with each strategy and engage others you are working with in exploring how to broaden the application of these strategies to address your collective challenge.
Strategy #4: Take Charge of Change
Proactive people are healthier and more successful. In times of challenge and adversity, leaders must make something happen. You may not control all of what is happening in the broader environment, but you are still in charge of your own life. Consider the following and make time to discuss these questions with your constituents:
Taking charge of change is how you invent your future rather than simply letting it happen to you.
Strategy #5: Engage Others
There are others who are being affected by this transition. Collaboration and trust are essential to get through change and adversity. And we feel a lot healthier in trying times when we get support from others.
Engaging others makes sense because there simply is no way you can navigate the future all by yourself.
Strategy #6: Show You Care
Positive emotions fuel optimism and hope. That's why telling positive stories contributes to people feeling more capable during times of difficulty.
Showing you care about others is what, in turn, makes others care about you and work hard to make the impossible possible.