While there are many reasons your lack of leadership could be causing you stress, here are 4 that I would like you to consider.
#1 Lack of Communication Skill
Communication is essential for strong leadership skills. If your team can’t understand your Instructions or what you're trying to say to them, they’re inevitably going to make mistakes and be ineffective. Meanwhile, if you don't understand them and what they're trying to communicate with you, you are going to be ineffective as a leader as well. So you going to get frustrated, you’re going to be stress and there’s going to be a reduction of productivity within your team, within your business or within your organization. Communication or the lack of, can cause great stress for you. Communication is fundamental to leadership.
#2 Putting Out Professional Fires.
As a strong leader, you’re probably the person that's putting out professional fires. When a crisis occurs, you're the one that solving problems rather than equipping people with the skills, the knowledge and the confidence to be able to deal with the problems that arise. Or you’re not actually looking at what's causing these problems so you're the one putting out what I call professional fires. This is stressful because these issues are often crisis, they are often an emergency. Because of your knowledge you're the one that's dealing with it, so there's a lack of leadership skill in being able to equip people to be able to prevent these problems from arising.
#3. You Are the Problem Solving Guru.
You're the problem solver. So it might not be crisis, it might not be urgent but you're the only person that can answer the questions of the problems that people are experiencing. For example, “Where do I find this particular document, procedure or policy?” or “How do I solve this problem?” or “What do I do here?” You the constant “Go-To” person which chews up your time. You become a manager rather than a leader and you don't have the capacity to do the work that you are supposed to be doing yourself. Essentially, solving other people's problems is a flaw in your leadership that is going to cause you stress as will you constantly being the problem solver.
#4 You Can’t Grow Professionally.
I would suggest that solving all of these issues and dealing with all of these problems, doesn't allow you the opportunity to do the way that you need to do. It means you're not doing what you need to do to grow professionally. You’re not able to attend the work that you need to do as a leader and so inevitably that's going to become frustrating and stressful. It’s a level of under stress, it's being underutilized and not doing what you set out to do originally.
If leadership and communication issues are causing you stress and impacting on your personal life, consider stress management coaching. A Stress Management Coach keeps you accountable to easily achievable action steps that over time, will make a huge difference your wellbeing. You will be equipped with well-tested tools and resources to assist you in taking immediate action, transforming your stress into a source of strength. Coaching sessions are delivered weekly via skype or phone at a time that works for you and are kept strictly to half an hour.
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Barbara Clifford (The Time Tamer) is a current student of the Stress Management Institute. She has spent over 20 years working in stressful, time precious industries such as film, hospitality and marketing. She has always had a burning passion to create order out of chaos and personal development. Barbara is sought after like a beacon in a sea of chaos to provide professional clarity and mental breathing space. Barbara’s professional experience has included contracts with small business, Not For Profits, Aboriginal Organisations, Media, Marketing, Aged Care and Health Services.