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Overcoming leadership challenges

“You are never pre-qualified to live your dreams. You qualify yourself by doing the work. By committing—even overcommitting—to what you believe you should do.” ― Benjamin P. Hardy

Understanding effective management is essential, and it necessitates leadership. If we were to define the term "leadership," we might think of words like motivator, influential, guidance, or stewardship. While this is correct, leadership is typically defined as the ability to influence and motivate others to work together to achieve a common goal.

Leaders must always be prepared to overcome challenges associated with changes in today's world, where everything is constantly changing. Leadership is not determined by position or rank. It is about personal values, goals, and being prepared to assume leadership responsibilities in situations.

To be prepared, you must also understand the potential challenges you may face as a leader in the new normal. Here are the top six challenges that leaders face:

  1. Honing Effectiveness. To be more effective at work, one needs to develop and enhance skills such as time management, prioritization, strategic thinking, decision-making, and getting up to speed with the job.

  2. Inspiring Others. Inspiring and/or motivating team members could be a challenge for leaders for they must always ensure that they are satisfied with their works.

  3. Developing Employees. This is the challenge of effectively developing others, including coaching and mentoring.

  4. Leading a Team. This is a challenge in terms of instilling pride, providing support, effectively engaging in collaboration, leading a large team, establishing team norms, and what to do when taking over a new team.

  5. Guiding Change. Another challenge for leaders is knowing how to mobilize, understand, and lead change; doing so requires understanding how to mitigate consequences, overcome resistance to change, and deal with team members' reactions to change.

  6. Managing Stakeholders. The last leadership challenge is to manage relationships, politics, and image in the workplace. Obtaining managerial support, managing up, influencing others, and obtaining buy-in from other departments, groups, or individuals are all examples of this.

These difficulties frequently arise when something is about to start or end – when a new project is about to begin, or when it is about to end. Unexpected changes in the workplace may also be a time when problems or challenges of this nature escalate.

It is critical that you, as the leader of your organization, get your act together and understand how to respond to these leadership challenges. You can begin by setting goals for yourself and your team; keep in mind that these goals must be attainable, realistic, measurable, and time bound. You can also try empowering your colleagues by delegating more tasks; this is also a good way to build trust among your team members. Of course, recognizing your own characteristics, behaviors, and habits in order to identify what may be causing challenges for you is also a wise step – begin maximizing your unique value. Get role clarity by understanding your core responsibilities and secondary responsibilities. Last but not least, begin to strengthen team alignment and collaboration because it allows you and your team to make difficult decisions with confidence while remaining calm and positive in a crisis.

Here at Customized Training Solutions, we help leaders sustain and develop their own leadership skills through coaching, training and consulting. Book a free 30 minute call now to find out how we can help you!


Center for Creative Leadership. (2013). The Top 6 Leadership Challenges Around the World. Center for Creative Leadership.

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