We all have some areas of leadership.
You may not be leading a company but you may be leading your family, your department, your class, and especially yourself.
Overtime I’ve learned there are two things constant about leadership that are always constant: growth and conflict.
They also usually play off each other. One of the best things about leadership development is your ability to assess where you are. It’s impossible to get better on purpose if you don’t know where you need improvement.
What is your leadership style when things are good?
What is your leadership style when things get a little fast-paced?
What is your leadership style when things get stressful?
We can have a pretty good idea about the first two but almost always get the last one wrong. Below is an excerpt from a website which talks about Leadership Under Stress. There’s also a link to where you can take a Style Under Stress Assessment Test. It’s great.
Here you go:
When the stakes are high, emotions run strong, and opinions differ, we all struggle to stay cool. But more often than not, we clam up for fear that speaking up will make things worse; or, we blow up because we haven’t a clue how to express ourselves honestly and respectfully.
But there’s a better way. The skills taught in our bestselling book and training course, Crucial Conversations, can teach you how to have effective dialogue in even the most crucial of circumstances.
Take the first step to improving your crucial conversations skills by learning your Style Under Stress™. This 33-question quiz reveals your natural tendencies to move toward silence (masking, avoiding, or withdrawing) or violence (controlling, labeling, or attacking) as well as the dialogue skills you use well or need to improve.
- Identify a Relationship. Before you begin, think about the relationship you want to explore with your boss, coworker, direct report, friend, or family member.
- Identify a Circumstance. Next, think of a tough circumstance—one where you either stay silent or perhaps lash out with anger, a raised voice, sarcasm, etc…
- Apply. With that relationship and circumstance in mind, respond to the following statements.