In our live Online Coaching Skills training course, we face many situations in which participants find themselves feeling uncomfortable.
As a leader, it is extremely important for your reputation and credibility to become comfortable with the uncomfortable. That’s why we’re refining the coaching skills of our participants.
Think about the number of uncomfortable situations that arise in a leader’s world, including these:
- Getting promoted to be the boss of your peers and friends.
- Doing the right thing even if it isn’t good for short-term business.
- Making decisions you know won’t be popular.
- Holding people accountable for mediocre performances.
- Conducting a presentation in front of a hostile audience.
- Dealing with someone on your team who’s made a costly mistake.
- Making a costly mistake yourself.
- Having a relationship challenge with a peer that needs to be fixed.
- Managing work-life balance to please your boss and your family.
How many more uncomfortable situations can you come up with?
Prepare for situations that make you feel uncomfortable.
Great tip, but how do you implement it?
First, anticipate three uncomfortable situations you could be challenged with over the next three months, then work toward becoming comfortable with each of them. Repeat.
As you schedule time to prepare for each situation, use this 3-step approach:
- Evaluate your options for handling the situation.
- Roleplay how you would approach these options in your mind.
- Practice, practice, practice your best option.
By doing this, you will become a more proactive leader versus a reactive one. You’re on your way to developing the mental toughness you need to address those uncomfortable situations more comfortably.
Simply said, anticipate situations and prepare for their successful (and comfortable) conclusions.Let me know if you need any help.