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These days… it’s great to be a leader
May 14, 2009 | By Neil Ducoff | No Comments
What a great time it is to be a leader. We’re in a recession. Money and cash flow is on everyone’s mind. Employees are nervous. The stock market tanked. Customers are cautious, delaying purchases and looking for better deals. And… you’ve probably made some of your toughest leadership decisions in years. So why is this a great time to be a leader? The answer is extraordinarily simple – you are in control of your own destiny.
In these unprecedented and uncertain economic times, I cherish, respect and thrive in my role as the leader of my own company. I find solace knowing that my business experience, innovativeness, ability to identify and react to real and potential hazards, allows me to guide my company through tough times. I’m energized by the trust and support of my team. I am a leader and I wouldn’t trade my job or my responsibilities for anything.
Yes, we leaders must deal with stress and make decisions that thrust us out of our comfort zones. We can feel overwhelmed and overloaded. And yes, at times we may even feel unprepared, insecure and fearful. But as leaders, we know it’s all part of the job. We persevere. We overcome. We lead.
Here are some simple reminders why it’s great to be a leader:
- If it is to be, it’s up to me: That’s the essence of leadership. We control our own destinies. We can take our companies to any goal we set our minds on. We wait for no one. We can seize the moment. What greater freedom, growth and success could you ask for?
- You have followers that trust and believe in you: What an honor and privilege it is to be a leader – to have loyal followers that believe in and work to achieve a vision that’s your creation. What more could you ask for?
- You inspire others to reach their full potential: As a leader, you help others achieve their dreams. You bring out the best in people. You take people to levels of success that even they didn’t realize they could achieve. You make the lives of those around you better. What more could you ask for?
- Today is your time to be your best: Good times can cause leaders to get off their game and become content and lazy. Uncertain times bring out the best in leaders. Uncertain times challenge you to prove that you’ve got the right stuff. Uncertain times shift you into no-compromise leadership mode. It’s your opportunity to fix what’s wrong in your business. It’s your opportunity to innovate and lift your company to that next level you’ve always talked about. What more could you ask for?
Pass this email on to your business colleagues, managers and friends.
Neil Ducoff, Strategies founder & CEO
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