Leadership During Times of Extreme Fear

There are times of uncommon fear

JEFF ALTMAN

2 months ago|2 min read

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By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

In business, it is common to live with fear.

Can I meet my key performance indicators

Will I meet or exceed my sales quotas?

Can we meet our coding goals to deliver the project early so we can look like heroes to our users?

Will marketing allow us/me to be seen as a leader with campaigns that rain revenue?

Will we be able to receive what we need for manufacturing to deliver to our customers?

These are ordinary fears that cause what we think of as “normal stress” that, with time may percolate into burnout.

However, in times of extreme change, such as sudden inflation, international conflict, whether real or threatened, or domestic unrest, it is common for staff and leaders alike to experience extreme shocks with cortisol spikes, weight gain, substance abuse and relationship issues at home and work. Everyone begins asking questions in a desire to seek the certainty that is not available. What can we do when there is no playbook for what to do?

1. Meet with your trusted advisers and/or coach regularly. You need people you trust to seek counsel from. Don’t go it alone.

2. Focus on your people. You have a responsibility to keep them informed promptly of decisions you are considering. Ask for their advice, too.

3. Listen and think. Leaders think they became leaders because of their action. It is their discernment and their ability to inspire confidence that got them to that seat.

4. Notice what others have done and are doing. What worked? What didn’t?

5. Make a decision on a course of action.

6. Correct course

This is your moment to take the wheel of the ship and steer during a hurricane. It will be an amazing ride as you and everyone holds on during tumultuous seas and gale force headwinds.

Everyone will be watching the captain. Everyone will be yelling what you should be doing. That is their fear talking, demanding you do what they tell you.

Give them the reason to follow you. They will.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2022

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2300 episodes. He also hosts Job Search TV on YouTube, Amazon and Roku, as well as on BingeNetworks.tv for Apple TV and 90+ smart sets.

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JEFF ALTMAN

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, (he/him/his), has helped companies hire talent and people find work. More than 40 years of recruiting experience assisting individuals to improve their career as an executive recruiter. Now, a career coach, leadership coach, and executive coach. I coach over Zoom. Do you need help becoming the leader you want to be? Do you need help with a career transition or in your role as an executive? Schedule a free discovery call or coaching session at TheBigGameHunter.us My previous work allowed me to do successfully complete searches in 49 of 50 states plus Canada for positions ranging from C-suite to the staff needed to accomplish objectives, increasing a firm's profitability and market share, working with brand name organizations and startups alike.. HOWEVER, I have transitioned to coaching where I take a holistic approach to career coaching by helping people be more successful changing jobs or careers, hiring more effectively, managing and leading, as well as resolving specific workplace issues. Listen to the #1 podcast for job search, No B.S. Job Search Advice Radio in iTunes, Spotify (video podcast), Google Play and others. JobSearchTV.com has an enormous library of career content. You can also watch me on the Job Search TV app for Fire TV and firestick. On Apple TV, Roku and 90+ platforms, watch me on Bingenetworks.tv.

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