Most credit union leaders who have achieved professional successes have undoubtedly experienced various hardships along the way. The key to being an effective leader is facing these obstacles head on and learning to appreciate them as mere speed bumps on the road to meeting the credit union’s end goals. Here are some simple things to remember for turning stress into success.
Pick your battles
It can be easy to get your feathers ruffled on an almost daily basis, but the key to getting past stress and nurturing a positive workforce is having the ability to not sweat the small stuff. Those that end up on top are the ones that decide right away what to focus on. Let go of the things that are insignificant to the credit union’s overall effectiveness and put emphasis on the bigger things that matter.
Learn when to say “no”
Sometimes being a leader means stepping in and saying “no” to the things you know are not best. Whether it’s in regards to a hiring decision or a certain potential marketing strategy, if you don’t agree with what others are thinking, assert yourself even if it’s difficult. Going against the grain may cause pushback, but sometimes saying “no” is a positive thing; it will allow your team to reevaluate ideas and develop a better plan.
Trust your instincts
There will be many colleagues, subordinates, competitors, and higher-ups in your career that will test you over time. It is essential to always remain true to yourself because more often than not your first instinct is the right one. Remember to ask for assistance when you need it, but don’t let others negatively influence you. Conflicts with those that oppose you will only cause you additional stress. So, keep your head up and trust yourself because in the end you’ll want to feel good about the decisions you’ve made for your team.