We all have them, those days when you get up on the wrong side of the bed, and the day got increasingly worse from there. But, a leader can’t let a bad day define their day. So, how do leaders contain their frustrations and anxieties when it feels like the whole world is against them?
- Compartmentalization – Put that angst and frustration into a compartment and step away from it – isolate it and contain it
- Choose your response – Exercise your right to choose how you respond to the bad karma days
- Choose your attitude – We can choose to be upset or anxious or to be calm and in control.
- Identify what you can control and what you can’t control – Focus your energy on what you can manage and let go of what you can’t control
Leadership is always about choices, and the choices made should never focus on the uncontrollable, never serve to feed our egos, attitudes, or angst but the those who follow you and the organization you serve.