Stamina: How Leaders Stay Energized Through It All

When seas are calm, the captain of the ship is largely unnecessary. It’s only when the winds pick up, the seas get rough, or the ship comes under fire that the expertise and experience of the captain becomes all-the-more critical.

The stormy seas don’t often pass quickly, however, which means qualities like patience, endurance, and longevity are essential to success, especially during more challenging times. Some crises may hit hard and pass quickly, but more often than not, they can last for days, weeks, or even months. Just look at the global pandemic, for example. Leaders have had to remain diligent in order to keep their companies afloat during one of the most unprecedented periods of our lifetimes.

Here are four ways to stay focused and energized to lead your team safely through any crisis.

1. Learn to stay calm

What we know as panic is actually the activation of our sympathetic nervous system, which is more commonly referred to as our ‘fight or flight’ response. Once your sympathetic nervous system is activated, it floods your system with a range of hormones and neurotransmitters that prepare your body to take quick and immediate action. What it does not prepare you for, however, is to think clearly and rationally.

The ability to stay calm in a crisis may be the most important skill to develop. If a leader panics, everyone panics and chaos ensues. If a leader can remain calm and focused, they stand the best chance of keeping everyone around them calm and focused as well. Navy seals, for example, undergo rigorous training called drown-proofing to help them not panic when their body starts to feel as if it is drowning. You can do something similar by mastering certain techniques that will ensure you stay calm in the face of uncertainty.

2. Know what your resources are and use them wisely

As soon as any type of crisis hits, leaders can find themselves suddenly thrust into a very uncomfortable spotlight. This can make many people feel like it’s up to them to save the day. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In reality, it is a leader’s job to assess available resources in order to use them most effectively.

In some cases, this may be material resources, but it’s important to remember that your employees are also your vital resources. Every person on your team most likely has something unique to bring to the table that just might mean the difference between saving the ship or going down with it.

3. Slow down

Leaders are constantly on-the-go. The responsibility of running a business is an immense one, so it’s important leaders put the time in to ensure their company’s operational sustainability. But with so little time in a day, leaders often feel they must move at a rapid pace to ensure they can complete all of their tasks and responsibilities while also ensuring there’s time to deal with the unpredictable fires that will arise throughout any given day.

But this can be dangerous. Yes, competition in the business world can be fierce, but working faster doesn’t mean working better. Instead, slow down, take a breath, and make sure that you aren’t sacrificing quality or your own mental well-being when it comes to keeping your company afloat.

4. Marshal your personal resources carefully

Panic is not the only thing that can derail good decision making. Fatigue can also set in over time and cause you to make poor choices. It’s important to maintain your ability to think clearly and rationally throughout the crises, not just at the outset. There are a number of elements that will help you maintain stamina and longevity that are not often thought of as good leadership skills. Making sure you eat properly, getting plenty of rest (or whatever rest you can), exercising regularly, and even practices like journaling or meditation can help you keep a clear mind and remain calm under pressure for the long haul.

Leadership isn’t easy. Some days it will feel like you are completely zapped of all energy. With these tips in mind, you can ensure your stamina doesn’t falter and you can continue on. The success and longevity of your business depends on it.

Originally published at JohnHKlein.com on January 5, 2021.

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John Klein, New Jersey Founder, currently serves as the Founder & CEO at Bi-Logix. Visit John’s professional site for more information! http://johnkleinnj.com/

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John H Klein

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John Klein, New Jersey Founder, currently serves as the Founder & CEO at Bi-Logix. Visit John’s professional site for more information! http://johnkleinnj.com/

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