How would your direct reports describe your behavior when under pressure? Many bosses become emotional, controlling, and close-minded — which can have a hugely negative impact on their team’s morale and productivity.
To lead effectively when the pressure is on, think about the team dynamic you want to build over the long term. Then think about whether your stress-driven actions support that dynamic or undermine it.
For example: In normal circumstances you wouldn’t try to motivate people with fear or threats, so don’t do it during stressful times, either.
Instead, talk to your team about why you’re under pressure and what you need from them, and thank them in advance for putting in extra effort.
Another example: Normally you wouldn’t get angry or shut down in tense conversations.
So don’t let stress keep you from listening to others and engaging thoughtfully.
Once this period of stress is over, your team will remember how you led during it — so make sure their memories are positive!