How to lead well under pressure

Four tips for keeping a cool head when the heat is on.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander

The principles of good management are well enough known - push but don’t shove; be decisive but listen; make people feel safe but not complacent; give people autonomy but keep them pushing in the same direction; be authentic but challenge your biases.

Yet so often leadership collapses when the pressure mounts - which it inevitably will. The ability to keep a cool head when problems arise is therefore key to being a great leader. Here, five bosses share their tips for steering your organisation through rough waters.

Never give up

Anne Boden is the founder of banking disruptor Starling. She says that the best advice she’s had during her career is to carry on, even when everything seems to be falling to pieces. "When things are really tough, it is sometimes easier to carry on than stop," she explains. "Just one day later, you may get the big break. Success comes to those that don't give up.

Sign in to continue

Sign in

Trouble signing in?

Reset password: Click here

Email: mtsupport@haymarket.com

Call: 020 8267 8121

Register

FREE

  • Up to 4 free articles a month
  • Free email bulletins

Register Now

Become a subscriber

From £52 a quarter

  • Full access to managementtoday.co.uk
  • Exclusive event discounts
  • Management Today's print magazine
  • Plus lots more, including our State of the Industry Report.

Choose a Package