It’s one of those days . . .
Your kids are throwing up. Your spouse just had surgery and the dog took off.
You have to go in to work and help everyone else be aligned and motivated to get the work done.
How do you do it?
Tap your informal leaders. Who are your best people and how do you empower them to carry the load so you can make it through the challenges life brings?
We often underestimate the capacity of the people that are immediately available to us. If you’ve been listening and paying attention, you know that Sam is dying to step up. Julie has been looking for an opportunity to show her skills. Today is their day. You can use your incapacity to develop thier ability. The feeling of being valued and appreciated generates enthusiasm, which can make up for a lack of experience and may bring surprising results.
There are often pockets of untapped resources that build because we are so used to doing things in a certain way. Let difficult circumstances create new pathways and the work keeps going.
Mistakes may happen with others stepping up, but these errors are forgivable and you exhibit respect and trust of your people, which is very motivating for the whole organization.
Learning how to use weaknesses to develop strengths is part of the art of leadership. Developing your people is an ongoing process, which you have hopefully being doing since the day you started. You’re developing these strengths so on those challenging days that capacity and flexibility are there.