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During tough economic times, it’s normal to experience feelings of fear, vulnerability, and dissatisfaction. This happens to all people, including leaders of small businesses to the ones leading big multinational corporations. Although sometimes people mistaken vulnerability for being weak, leaders should perceive it as a normal reaction to difficulties; they also express delight whenever things are going well and as expected. Leaders find it more difficult to express honest emotions since they have followers who look upon them, but this should not exempt them from being real as it helps guide followers on the appropriate course of action at different times.


One important trait is that leaders must understand that every person is vulnerable in their way. Although the current economic times have affected everyone, it’s unnecessary to hide emotions when the challenges take their toll on a leader. People follow leaders as a mark of strength and power, but it doesn’t mean they do not experience emotions that can overwhelm them. When it happens, leaders should accept it without any pretense, helping to build their self-awareness.


It’s also important for leaders to open up about things that stress them, causing emotional instability and impending them to progress smoothly with their daily activities. While people may assume it as a weakness, not battling personal issues, sharing opens up solutions that a leader could not conceptualize alone. Engaging with other like-minded individuals helps leaders go beyond their restrictions, allowing the intervention of another person during times of need. If a leader tries finding solutions to problems using similar mechanisms, it means that they’ll land at common paths that may not be helpful to them. Therefore, it’s imperative to discover new paths that yield new solutions to arrive at better reactions and solutions.


Another critical trait for leaders during tough times is to accept that they cannot solely handle everything. Being a leader exposes a person to a great sense of responsibility for other people who depend on them, even in the wake of difficulties. However, it’s always vital to welcome the intervention of other people when it becomes difficult to act alone. Finally, it’s important to expand networks beyond business and career, helping to interact with people who listen and provide honest insights into whatever problem a leader experiences.

Blaine Watts