Leadership Success: How Big Is The Challenge?

If you are leader right now you are likely to be facing some challenging times and if not, chances are they will not be long in coming round.  The current economy coupled with the continued media coverage of those organisations that are struggling mean that even the most optimistic of leaders probably has some element of doubt about the future.

Like any challenge, before you can start acting, you need to get crystal clear about the size and scale of the challenge you face.  So how can you do this?

  1. Look at reports that contain the facts about how the business is performing.  These reports might not make great reading but they will give you a clear picture on performance.
  2. Ask the people who are closest to the point of service delivery what they are noticing.  For example sales people might be seeing the number of leads slowing down or that the time it takes to closing a sale increasing.  Distribution people might be seeing stock levels building up or particular lines of product moving at a slower rate.
  3. Stand back and work on some scenarios on the impact on the organisation if certain things happen over the next few weeks months and even years.  Starting with a best, worst and most likely is a very simple but highly effective way of doing some forecasting.
  4. Research and look at trends in how the market is going right now and the outlook for the market or sector.

Planning to action starts with getting clear on the size and scale of the challenge you face.  So what other tips would you add to identify the size and scale of the challenges you face as a leader?

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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