Have you ever walked out of a meeting, a new business pitch or a presentation where everything went just perfect – and you said; wow, what a wicked meeting or team, we did a wicked job? Those situations where everything went as planned and not a thing was out of place, a perfect 5 out of 5 stars?
Well, that’s exactly what I am referring to when I refer to the word wicked. I am talking about being a wicked leader in not only those 5 star situations but also in those less than perfect and stressful situations.
Effective leaders know how to manage themselves in just about all situations and it doesn’t happen by chance! It begins and ends with self leadership.
Your ability to effectively or ineffectively manage yourself in both good and bad situations will speak volumes about the type of leader that you are and will influence your teams dynamic in a positive manner.
Taking the time to manage your own self leadership skills and perform in a “wicked” manner in any climate, will result in you moving in the right direction of being an effective leader.
Now let’s get more detailed on exactly what constitutes a wicked performance. A wicked performance is one where you have almost all of the answers and can perform confidently and with poise. In those situations you are prepared, everything is executed as planned and you receive a positive response from your audience or client – what ever the situation might be.
Ideally your goal is to be just as wicked in stressful situations as you are in successful ones.
Here are a few strategies to help you do exactly that.
1. Have a plan of how you will respond in these situations. A plan that has been prepared and practiced ahead of time.
2. Know how to confidently and comfortably say “I don’t know” – with your back straight and looking straight in the person eyes. But don’t stop there, let them know that you will get back to them with the required answer or information as soon as you can. And get back to them with in ASAP.
3. Listen with an open mind and please don’t make assumptions or paraphrase what someone has said. As humans we tend to tend to react and think after. Listen and hear what they are saying and try to view what they are sharing from their perspective.
4. Ask the right questions. When situations go down the wrong path it is often because one party feels like they aren’t being understood or heard or what is in front of them was not what they expected. The questions you ask will allow you to get all the right information, allow the other party to clearly be heard and ensure that you have all of the details covered when you get back to them or rectify the situation.
Learning the right techniques to manage yourself effectively in every situation takes planning and practice. The same way you practice and perfect a presentation is the same way you need to approach managing yourself.