This week’s challenge may have seemed juvenile. “Give yourself a time-out.” What are you? Five years old? No! But you are human. How did it go? Did you have a time-out situation? Did taking a time-out work?
Hopefully, you will take these challenges beyond the work place. If you treat leadership like a job and not a lifestyle, your growth will be markedly slower and rarely sustainable.
For the perfectionists in the crowd, it might take a lot of humble pie to say that you need to revisit a person or a situation. The maturity it shows on your end as a leader, however, can make a significant difference in the work place. For your employees and team members to see you as human is vital. For them to see you as strong is also important. Being strong enough to leave a situation before it escalates shows a level of self-control and personal strength that every leader should strive toward.
Now you might think, “Why should I be running away from conflict?”
You’re not running away. You’re regrouping. The difference is in your intent to solve the problem — not to abandon it. We send our toddlers to time-out and sometimes teenagers to their rooms. There is no shame in doing the same for yourself. Instead it encourages responsibility to revisit situations once one or both parties have regrouped.
The time-out principle should have never been abandoned with adolescence. Even the best of us need a breather. So know your limits and don’t be afraid to take a break before feelings become more intense, words that can’t be retracted are said, and situations escalate that even eloquent apologies cannot repair.
Good luck this weekend!