“Good Morning”, I said as I sped past my colleagues huddled around the water cooler. It was my first morning as manager, and at 26, I was a good 10 years younger than my colleagues and from what I could gather from their grim responses and hushed conversations they weren’t exactly thrilled that I was now their “leader”.
The angry email from a colleague felt like a knife in my gut. We had disagreed on the best way to handle a difficult client situation and all I could focus on was every word of his scathing email and all the ways I would respond (and not the client problem).
As leaders we face challenges like everyone else, but how we handle them and conduct ourselves has a ripple effect on our team and business. It’s critical to stay centered but sometimes the rock that lands in our pond is so big the ripples throw us way off. Here are three ways to come back to your center, to lead mindfully.