Every compassionate leader will be faced with leading through hardships or stressful situations at one point or another. At Technalink, we believe it’s important to share techniques that help compassionate leadership persevere through difficulty, and we have a few tips that can help today’s compassionate leaders to remain mindful even when the odds appear to be stacked against them. Some techniques that you can use to lead with compassion during stressful situations are:
- Give yourself time in the morning – If you know a stressful day is ahead, how you spend your morning can dictate how the rest of your day will go. Beginning your day with a few minutes of mindful meditation with your mala beads can help to eliminate the nagging thoughts, the internal distractions, and the excess stress that could cause your situation to become an even more difficult one. By doing this, you’ll be bringing a clear mind and your best self to your workplace, allowing you to be the best compassionate leader you can be.
- Pick your priorities – When things get tough, don’t create a harrowing and intimidating to-do list that is a mile long, as you’ll do nothing but discourage yourself if you cannot manage to tackle it all. Instead, choose your top priorities for right now, and only a few of them, and place your focus on these to start. By breaking a large workload down into smaller groups, your tasks, projects, or days will become easier to manage.
- Use short bursts of focused time – Distractions really add fuel to the fire in stressful situations, but a distraction-free day is a near impossibility. One way to really up productivity in a way that doesn’t add excess stress to your day is to schedule short bursts of focused time when distractions are eliminated. These can be as short as 20 minutes, or as long as an hour, and during this time only one task will be the recipient of all the focus for a chosen time span unless the task is finished beforehand.
- It’s time to get away – For today’s spiritual entrepreneur, taking some time to get away can be the best thing you can do to continue spiritual leadership. While you may not be able to take a week’s vacation during a particularly busy time, taking a day off, or a week off, after or before an expected busy time of year can be immensely helpful. Doing this will give you a way to get away, clear your mind, and make the best possible choices in continuing to lead compassionately.
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