The words “leader” and “manager” are among the most commonly used words in business and are often used interchangeably.
Are all managers leaders? A manager is the member of an organization with the responsibility of carrying out the four important functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. But are all managers leaders?
Not necessarily. Most managers also tend to be leaders, but only IF they also adequately carry out the leadership responsibilities of management. Most commonly, the responsibilities may range from communication, motivation, providing inspiration and guidance, to encouraging employees to rise to a higher level of productivity.
Pressures and modern leadership: While leadership pressures are borne with ease by some, individuals or firms with expertise can lower those pressures due. The modern leadership movement is based upon the principle that leaders aren’t born, they’re made. The arts of leadership and management, like all cultivated skills, are learned and honed by practice over time no matter where you live.
Leadership Stress Management: All of us face pressure—every working professional, regardless of position, profile, title, experience, or gender. Pressure is real and it’s often a constant.
A recent study revealed that 80 percent of employees complain of experiencing pressure at work, and nearly 60 percent want to quit their jobs because of high-stress levels.
How to manage stress? Stay focused and alert. Most important of all, control your emotions! Be calm. Breathe.
Control your expectation: The best leaders know how to manage expectations—they know when to say yes and how to say no.
Follow the 80-20 rule and set clear boundaries: devote 80 percent to a solution and 20 percent to the problem. Be daring and firm about setting up boundaries. Healthy boundaries are not walls; they’re gates that allow you to alleviate pressure.
Keep things straightforward: Deal with ambiguity, delegate what you think subordinates can do. Prefer long-termism over short termism.
Pressure can be a useful catalyst in your leadership if you can use it to challenge and stretch your limit to go beyond so purposeful things can be achieved but it only works if you stay calm.
Business or any pressure comes from every aspect, it could be technological, societal or market. It could come from any corner. You’ve to be alert and stay calm. Leaders aren’t made, they’re born. Explore yourself.
It’s time for us to stop ignoring the emotional costs associated with running a successful business and start taking mental health seriously. Leaders are as susceptible as anyone else on the payroll to the toils of stress and anxiety, and everyone sometimes needs support keeping their head above water.
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