Strategies To Lead Under Pressure

The measure of a person's leadership is not when things are going smoothly, but when they face difficulties. In these moments, decisions and actions taken will characterize your leadership.


James B. Martino stated, "“We will each face times of difficulty, and the question is not when we will face them but how we will face them."

Where a leader stands, how a leader position themselves, and what they do exposes their leadership. This article will help leaders compose themselves confidently under pressure.


1. Take silence


Use silence strategically to pause and collect your thoughts, filter your emotions, and center yourself. The sense of urgency is a state of mind and energy. Slow your mind and the energy inside and around you. Silence is like pulling back the sling-shot, an advantageous shot forms with focus.


2. Actively discern


Actively discerning is the ability to absorb all information through your senses, ring out unnecessary or irrelevant materials, and move to action. It is active because you are not selective when consuming but after absorbing, synthesizing, and understanding the information. It is discerning because you will make a decision based on the data you have.


3. Take action