5 Effective Strategies for When Your Leadership Going Off the Rails

As an executive leadership coach, I’ve had the privilege of working with leaders at various levels of organizations. One recurring challenge I’ve observed is the situation when leadership starts going off the rails. It’s not uncommon for leaders to face setbacks or periods of uncertainty, but it’s how they navigate these turbulent times that truly matters.

To steer your leadership back on track when faced with adversity, try these five effective strategies which are rooted in research and practical coaching experience, they offer valuable insights to leaders striving for success.

Recognize the Warning Signs:  Leadership can veer off course subtly, making it essential to recognize the warning signs early. When you sense these warning signs, it’s crucial to address them proactively. Actively seeking feedback from peers, mentors, or a trusted executive coach can help you gain valuable insights into your leadership style and its impact.

Embrace Self-Reflection and Continuous Learning: One of the most effective ways to get your leadership back on track is through self-reflection and a commitment to continuous learning. Take time to assess your leadership strengths and weaknesses honestly. Seek out opportunities for personal and professional development, whether it’s through executive coaching, workshops, or mentorship. Remember, great leaders are lifelong learners.

Reconnect with Your Vision and Purpose:  During challenging times, it’s easy for leaders to lose sight of their vision and purpose. Revisit your core values and the reasons you became a leader in the first place. Communicate your vision authentically with your team and remind them of the collective goals you are working towards. A strong sense of purpose can reenergize both you and your team.

Cultivate Resilience and Adaptability: Resilience and adaptability are invaluable qualities for leaders facing adversity. Build resilience by developing coping strategies, seeking support from your network, and maintaining a positive mindset. Additionally, be adaptable in your approach to leadership, as flexibility is key when circumstances change.

Seek Guidance and Support: Sometimes, getting your leadership back on track requires seeking guidance and support from external sources. Consider partnering with an executive coach who can provide objective insights, strategies, and accountability. Additionally, don’t hesitate to seek advice from mentors, peers, or industry experts who have faced similar challenges.

Leadership can be a tumultuous journey, and setbacks are a part of that path. However, with the right strategies and a commitment to growth, you can steer your leadership back on course. Recognize the warning signs, embrace self-reflection and learning, reconnect with your vision and purpose, cultivate resilience, and seek guidance when needed.

Lead From Within: Leadership is a continuous journey of growth and self-improvement if you are going off the rails its important to step back and rethink your strategies.

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After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.

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