BLG Leadership Insights

2 Challenges for the Overwhelmed Leader

Tim Geithner, the newly minted Treasury Secretary, has to do the seemingly impossible: fix the economy while remaining a source of confidence to his bare bones staff and the American people.

Mr. Geithner is hardly in an enviable position but most leaders and managers probably know the question that’s racing through his head, “How do I tackle my pressing to-do list without abandoning my staff and role as as leader?”

The trick, in this situation, is knowing how to work well within your shell while giving others the sense that head-way is being made.

During a crisis uncertainty and overwhelming demands force leaders to create a systematic plan of action. An increasing work load requires leaders to create a shell where they can work and strategies using their natural strengths. Isolation and focus are essential to attacking an onslaught of challenges.