What do you do when things become uncomfortable? Do you withdraw or try to help others feel better? Or, do you get into the thick of it and confront a challenge?

Leadership is easy when things are good. The true test of your leadership, though, is when things are going wrong.

Without leadership people will withdraw from problems. Withdrawing means taking the safe path and sticking with the status quo. The status quo will never give the results you, or they want.

You will be the leader others want to follow when you are able to be uncomfortable. Leading through discomfort requires courage, as you might often feel vulnerable. However, your team will feed off your courage as it amplifies their courage.

With leadership, people will stay in the discomfort of challenges and find ways to move forward. They will innovate and eliminate problems, rather than avoiding problems.

With leadership, people will gain the confidence to lead themselves increasingly. I cannot think of a better way to help a team succeed than to have them lead themselves.

They’ve got this.

You’ve got this.