We’ve had a bit of a week in Husker Nation. After what can only be described as a series of disappointing games after a series of disappointing seasons, the Athletic Director has been fired. Speculation is rampant as to the fate of the football coach. As I watched the game this week, I could not help thinking how challenging it must be for everyone involved to play under that kind of pressure.
Stress and scrutiny lead to careless mistakes. Anxiety leads to anxiety leads to anxiety. Most people are not at their best under pressure.
But some are. And that can make all the difference.
Leadership is not easy. Many times in an organization there are hard choices and difficult tasks. Leaders are willing to tackle those challenges without fear or hesitation. The best leaders actually get better under pressure.
In difficult times, people look to their leaders for confidence and courage. They rely on their leaders to be positive and decisive. Grace under pressure is not a luxury for leaders; it is a necessity.
When times are tough, strong leaders are calm and consistent. I’ve seen this first hand time and time again. The more challenging the obstacle, the more poised the leader. I’ve been lucky to work for leaders who model this, and I am blessed to work with a leadership team who exemplify this.
Busy, difficult times call for positive and disciplined leadership. As you lead this week, in your classrooms, your schools, your organizations, remember that others are looking to you. You can be the reassuring presence that calms the waters and keeps people focused on the job at hand.