Leadership can feel like a lonely place, especially if you’re in a middle management position where you have to deal with both people who report to you and people you report to. Why do leaders get paid the big bucks? Because the pressure is greater. It’s not only dependent on their talent; it’s dependent on the talent of others, and if not properly used results can be disastrous.

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With that being said, leadership shouldn’t be seen as something to run away from. Sure, there are some people who are born leaders, or natural leaders if you prefer. But there are many leaders who have picked up some things here and there from mentors or coaches and turned themselves into great leaders. And there are some who have learned all of the five thoughts below, which helps one console themselves when things seem rough.

1. Give Yourself Opportunities To Improve

Yes, you’ll have to do some work, but it’s not all bad. There are lots of books on leadership, seminars, organizations, executive coaches and even some people who work where you do who you can talk to and get advice from. Your issues aren’t unique; trust me on this one. There may be variations on a theme but everything you might go through, someone else has already been there.

2. Stay Relaxed; No One Can Do It All

If one person could do it all there wouldn’t be such a thing as employees. Throughout history, there have been those who lead and those who do a lot of the work. There have also been specialists or higher leaders who give guidance and help along the way. You might feel that the pressure is on you to perform, and you’re probably correct. But it’s not on you, unless you work for yourself, to do it all by yourself. Help is always around; you just have to know where to find it.

3. Realize You’re Not Alone

Above I said leadership can feel like a lonely place instead of saying it’s a lonely job. In many businesses your position just might be unique where you’re employed. However, there are probably other businesses that do something like what you do, if not the exact same thing, which means there are probably networking groups you can join and then have others you can talk to and commiserate with.

4. Don’t Be Afraid To Evaluate Yourself

When people don’t know things, or when things seem to be going wrong or are difficult, people tend to not want to look within themselves to see what they’re made of. Self evaluation lets you know whether you’re really up to the task and are just scared or whether you need to learn more or ask for help to get things done. This is one of those times when too much pride can hold you back. If you need to ask someone else to help you evaluate yourself, do it; just make sure you ask the right person.

5. Don’t Be Afraid To Stand Up For Yourself When You’re Right Or Accept Criticism When You May Be Wrong

Everyone won’t agree with you but often people will think their way is more correct than yours. Sometimes they could be right, but if they don’t have all the information you have or the expertise you have don’t defer to them, even if they’re in a superior position to yours. Stick to your guns and argue your position.

Even if you get overruled, your ideas might prove to be right, in which case you’ll gain a lot of credibility the next time something comes up. And if the other suggestion works, it doesn’t mean that you were wrong, but it could mean that maybe you should have thought more on why the other thing worked so well. And if it could have gone either way… hey, that’s life!

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