If people are working off the best or worst case scenario, they’re not thinking effectively enough. Leaders teach others to think past hope. It means learning how to effectively consider a variety of outcomes. And to plan with each contingency in mind.
Dan Rockwell says “Confidence comes after you press through fear, not before.” He’s exactly right and it’s why one of the most important leadership tasks for any supervisor is to help their teams understand that everything won’t be easy. Leaders prepare their teams for hard times.
Like members of a once-popular band, leaders like to go “back to the basics” – hoping that their tried and true strategies and approaches will work one more time. The reality is that context matters in leadership. And to that end, leaders must constantly learn and constantly re-invent the approach they take with their teams and staff. In other words, what got you here won’t get you there.