Leading does not come with a one-size-fits-all uniform or cape that will transform anyone who wears it into a great leader. While some people seem to be naturally gifted with the mindset and skills to lead others, some may have to grow into their roles often learning along the way.
Keeping a positive outlook and maintaining an infectious enthusiasm is easy when things are going smoothly. But when the going gets tough, even the best leaders have to deal with moments of uncertainties and doubts. The difference is on how they choose to act and move forward. Not everyone can maintain the same level of enthusiasm often seen when things are going well. Sometimes problems, mistakes, and challenges can make a leader lose sight of the big picture. The good news is that a positive mindset that sticks regardless of the circumstances can be developed. And here are just some of the many ways to do it.
When in doubt, choose to view things from a practical perspective. Avoid dwelling on things outside of your control. See the big picture and focus on the things you can actually do something about. This is not about denying that problems exist. Rather, it is about selecting which ones you have the right people, skills, and resources to help you resolve.
Take time to manage stress. When things get overwhelming, the knee-jerk reaction is to work non-stop on resolving the issue or problem at hand. But allowing stress to build up can take its toll to your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. You need to be able to step back even for a short while to give your mind and body the rest needed to function more effectively.