The Best Leaders Do This One Thing, Even When It’s Hard

Source | www.forbes.com | Amy Blaschka

These days, it’s easy to be negative. Between COVID-19, racial unrest, and the litany of bad news flooding our feeds, many are jumping on the Debbie Downer bandwagon.

On the flip side, I’ve heard the term “toxic positivity” bandied about, which refers to the concept that keeping positive, and keeping positive only, is the right way to live your life. It means only focusing on positive things and rejecting anything that may trigger negative emotions.

This leaves us with either complaining or denying; I’d like to suggest there’s a better way.

The best leaders understand that hiding behind either extreme doesn’t serve anyone. Instead, they do what few do, even when it’s hard: they show up—for their teams, customers, and peers—in a genuine and observable way. Here are four ways how:

1. Be visible and vocal in sharing your wisdom

Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. But it transforms into something truly powerful when it is shared; all the wisdom in the world is meaningless without application.

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