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LEADERSHIP IS A PROCESS OF SOCIAL INFLUENCE, WHICH MAXIMISES THE EFFORTS OF OTHERS TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A SHARED GOAL.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Long associated with elite sportsmen and women, mental toughness is a concept that is increasingly in demand among organisations under pressure to survive, grow and succeed.
Here are some thoughts on how to go about developing mental toughness:
Work with someone else to help you review and prioritise your work, especially when things are changing quickly. Time management tools and techniques could help you be better organised.
Take time to understand the people around you – their strengths and weaknesses. Play to their strengths and don’t expect things that they can’t reasonably deliver. Recognise contributions from others and give praise where it’s due.
Start you next piece of work with a colleague – share the challenge and the problems! Relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises or yoga could help you cope more effectively with stress. Remind yourself that what you do really does matter – identify the benefits of what you do.
Praise yourself when you achieve – and seek every opportunity to do so. Change your work environment temporarily to set new challenges. Find ways to make sure that if you have something to say you say it! Get a mentor. List five positives about yourself and work with a manager, friend or colleague to identify these.