How to Restore Sanity in the Workplace with Reality-Based Leadership

How to Restore Sanity in the Workplace with Reality-Based Leadership

There are many challenges in today’s work environment. Here’s the reality check: challenging times are not the source of our pain. The source of our pain is the absence of great leadership that’s based in reality. Many times, people misconstrue my message as one of “tough love.” Well, not really. Reality is tough. Leadership is love.

Embracing Reality-Based Leadership will help us see the reality of our situations and -instead of trying to change reality-conserve that energy and use it to make a positive impact for ourselves and the people we lead. There is little that is tough about this approach, but there is a ton of love involved.

Want to follow this new wave of leadership?

Here are three tips for Reality-Based Leaders looking to restore sanity to the workplace:

  1. Refuse to Argue with Reality
    The average person spends two hours a day arguing with reality. Embrace what is and eliminate any wasteful mental energy and redirect it toward more productive behaviors.
  2. Work with the Willing
    Focus on the willing. Reality-Based Leaders understand that 68% of employees are disengaged and they go where the love is. Play favorites with employees who are driven and stop putting time and effort into employees stuck in chronic states of resistance.
  3. Lead First, Manage Second
    Stop trying to perfect the circumstances of your team and work to change mindsets instead. Reality-Based Leaders work to get their employees fluent and nimble, making them unfazed and confident enough to handle tough situations.

Restore Sanity in the Workplace: The Anatomy of A Reality-Based Leader

The pressure and stress among today’s workforce is palpable. Deadlines are tight and expectations are sky high.

But the truth as to why our teams and organizations are struggling might surprise you. Here’s a hint – it doesn’t have anything to do with our teams or organizations. It all comes down to those in charge. That’s right, it’s us, not them.

As we dig deeper into the Reality-Based Leadership revolution, it’s important to recognize the unique outlooks of the Reality-Based professionals leading the charge.

Simply put, they see things differently. Reality-Based Leaders accept the reality and circumstances of any situation, anticipate change and – best of all – work to capitalize on any opportunity that is inherent in the situation.

Do you have what it takes to be part of this movement?

Here are three key qualities Reality-Based Leaders must exhibit in order to be change agents:

  1. Embrace the Unexpected
    Change is a part of life and happens everyday. So why do we continue to react with surprise, panic and blame when it occurs? Reality-Based Leaders greet change with anticipation, move quickly to understand their new circumstances and search for new ways to deliver results despite the unexpected changes.
  2. Value Action Over Opinion
    Reality-Based Leaders are clear that action, not opinion, adds the greatest value. Instead of working to perfect the circumstances of their teams, they encourage them to implement with excellence no matter what challenges may arise or what imperfections may exist with the current plan.
  3. Make the News Rather than Report It
    Often times, leaders fall into a pattern of making predictions about the future or critiquing past actions of others. Assessing and creating added drama around what’s been done in the past is easy, but not helpful. Reality-Based Leaders work to solve problems, not rehash them.


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More About Cy Wakeman

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Cy Wakeman is a faculty expert at XTRAcredits, a dynamic international keynote speaker, business consultant, New York Times bestselling author, and global thought leader with over 25 years experience cultivating a revolutionary new approach to leadership. Grounded in reality, Wakeman’s philosophy has helped organizations and individuals all over the world learn to ditch the drama and turn excuses into results.  

Wakeman’s newest book, No Ego, points out that Ego-driven behaviors are the #1 source of drama in workplaces today. It is high time for a modern leadership philosophy that provides simple tools and techniques to eliminate drama from our organizations, deliver up employees who say yes to what’s next, and cultivate accountability, not engagement, to drive big business results.


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