“Leaders face a challenge, and choose to see the opportunities to win”
One trait rings true of today’s strongest leaders. They are genuinely optimistic. They see a challenging situation, and instead of barking orders, or demanding instant results, they pause. They do things like ask questions, observe the team in action, and ask questions before jumping to conclusions. They offer a different perspective. They welcome diverse thinking from the team. In fact, they demand it.
In my coaching, I hear about lots of challenging situations with employees and tough career choices. We often limit our thinking to a finite set of choices based on fear. Instead, good leaders confront that fear, and choose to think bigger and bolder in the direst situations. They ask – what is possible? They expand the dialogue. If the situation is a real challenge, they ask – what will we gain?