What differentiates the great from the good? It is the audacity to keep moving against all odds and transforming every pelted stone into milestones. Rough patch is a blessing in disguise taking off old skin and presenting your best version to the world.
Business is a game of high tide and low tide, you might be called king of good times, but what matters is how you react during a rough patch, totally disembarked, down and out. When sales and revenue are falling short, the company is facing backlash from the employees and out sudden your best employee quits. How would you react and lift your team morale and getting them back in business.
It’s daunting, but worth a challenge. Thar’s the time your team needs you the most, more than ever. It looks up to you as a savior protecting them from the battering. If the employees lack confidence and trust in leadership, most likely they would start leaving in a few months safeguarding thier place. If employees are emotionally attached to the organization, feel recognized, understood and appreciated, they will stand with you during thick and thins.
Based on several studies I have listed top three ways you can always use to encourage your team during the all times and especially during rough phase demonstrating your leadership acumen
Transparent and bi-directional communication
Strong and misleading statements often backfire when tested, leading to mistrust and resistance. Transparent communication with the employees about the rough patch is seen as a sign of strength, when the topmost leader asks for assistance and trusts his leadership skills sparks excitement and belief. Be open to discussions, invite suggestions and demonstrate receptiveness.
Learn from the past experiences
It is necessary to identify the reasons behind the debacle and learn from the mistakes, making a better future. Do some brainstorming sessions to evaluate the possible reasons and a create blueprint for the future. Amidst all, avoid blaming individuals for the failure making him feel guilty, take it as a collective failure on all fronts. You never know, when someone delivers something completely unique turning your fortune.
Share your ideas and vision with the employees
Share your company plans and vision with the staff. Try to make them feel a part of the family and making them realize their roles and responsibilities. Showcase a glorified picture to the employees, give them so much positive and engaging to imagine.
Once it was a matter of persistence and experience, but now any entrepreneur can learn all the tricks of the trade by joining any leadership training.