How to Find the Silvering Lining to Any Work Situation

November 3, 2020
3 Min Read
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Janis Andzans

According to Forbes, “strong leaders must project optimism and look for opportunities and possibilities” especially during times of crisis. As a leader, you’re bound to encounter roadblocks, but regularly finding the silver lining helps your team recognize the positives rather than fixate on the negatives.

Reflect on the silvering lining to any work situation

Learning how to find the silvering lining to any work situation is fundamental in developing and honing your leadership skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.

Do you believe there’s a silver lining to every setback?

Exercises to help you find the silvering lining

Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your leadership skills can allow you to find the silvering lining to any work situation.  

  • Pinpoint 3 learnings from your past failed projects. Focus on the new skills you picked up instead of dwelling on the roadblocks.  
  • Avoid taking feedback personally. For example, if you receive feedback on your lack of eye contact during a meeting, view this feedback as an opportunity to work on your body language skills.  
  • Create a pros and cons list when you’re having a stressful workday. List 3 things that didn’t go as planned and 3 things that went well. Focus on the small wins.
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