Being a leader can be a difficult task. There’s a lot to consider including finances, your employees’ feelings, and the safety of the people you work with. Maybe you are new to working in a leadership role or there is challenge you’re not sure how to fix. Both of these situations can make being a leader feel frightening and overwhelming. Here are some ways you can lead effectively even when you feel afraid:

Create a Plan

When you are afraid, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. A good way to counter this is by making plans. These plans do not have to be grand; they simply are there to get you through each day. Plan out what needs to get done and how long you will spend doing it. This can help you to better manage your daily tasks and avoid being overwhelmed.

Be Empathetic

When there are difficult times, it’s hard on everyone. Make sure to be empathetic towards your employees and co-workers. Often, focusing on others’ struggles will make your own struggles seem less taxingSpend time helping others and extend empathy to those that are struggling.

Recognize Accomplishments

Focusing on the good can make the bad seem less important. Take the time to recognize your employees for the good they do in your company. Celebrate the small wins. This will turn your focus, as well as the focus of your employees, to the good.

Build Your Teams

One of the most important things to have in a trying time is a support network. This applies to work as well. Make sure your teams are able to connect and communicate with you and each other. Be honest with them about what is going on and ask for their opinions and solutions. Working together on problems can help solve them more efficiently and quickly.

Use these tips to help you lead even when you are afraid.