The Executive Guide to Leading Through Uncertainty

Written by Radhika Aswani

July 17, 2018

The Executive Guide to Leading Through Uncertainty

The feeling of uncertainty is more common in the modern business world than some may think. With constantly changing rules and regulations interrupting the way organizations go about their daily processes, employees look to their leaders on how to react and move forward. With that said, C-Suite level executives must be confident when leading through uncertainty.

Uncertainty is also prevalent when reaching and meeting preset goals and objectives.  According to SHRM, when developing a game plan, many companies lack preparation. It’s the steps taken during preparation that can help your company achieve the goals set for the organization. Leaders must be able to motivate their team to rally being organizational milestones and  make sure that their departments are all on the same page to reach their company’s goal and maintain productivity in times of uncertainty. Here are three things executives can keep in mind when leading through uncertainty.

Set goals and objectives for employees.
It’s important for an organization’s departments to be congruent with their end goal. Talent Management software allows leaders within an organization to track and monitor their employees’ goals and performance. This software can show executives whether there is a gap in communication between departments and if goals aren’t being met. Tools like this can help leaders assess their organization’s progress towards goals, and track individual employee performance throughout their departments.

Prioritize what’s most important.
Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of their organization is key for executives when planning ahead and navigating uncertainty. Leaders can use Workforce Analytics to check key reports and gain valuable insight into their workforce, supporting strategic decision making. Leading through uncertainty can be easier if executives understand the  strengths and weaknesses of their organization. By taking a step back and prioritizing what’s most important, they can reduce the risk of uncertainty that they’re currently facing.

Stay calm.
Uncertainty is nerve-racking, and takes a mental calmness to overcome. When stressed and overwhelmed with thoughts of what the future might hold, take a deep breath, go for a run, or eat some food to relax and refocus. A level head will help leaders avoid rushing into decisions that could negatively impact their organization. Remaining calm will also help ease the mind of employees and staff members that may be worried about what the future holds.

Leading through uncertainty is something that all leaders should be prepared for. How they handle the situation not only defines them as a leader, but is crucial to the direction of their organization. By setting goals and objectives, prioritizing what is most important, and staying calm, leaders will be able to navigate their way back to normality.

This DATIS Blog was written by Radhika Aswani, DATIS, on October 26th , 2017 and may not be re-posted without permission.