Good leadership when under pressure is staying focussed on the process to the outcome, guest Inderjit Singh

Leaders leading under pressure is a much discussed topic currently. With the world under pressure leading through to getting back to some form of construct for business.

What’s the key when, as a leader, you’re leading and are under pressure?

Inspite of the best plans, things do go wrong. They do so because technology can play up, key people may have personal emergencies and not be able to be at work. Such unexpected gaps occur. What helps is the training and the experience one has in managing the pressure.

In addition to the work related pressure leaders often have pressures from the social recognition they get for their leadership. A certain expectation is created about leadership performance. 

The key here is to ensure that your mind is focused. Then the pressure acts as a driver of efficiency. It acts positively in one’s performance. Being focused comes from loving what you do. It becomes a part of your self and what you do. 

Pressure comes in different forms and it’s about how, as a leader, you process the information and where you keep your focus. Focusing on the event helps ease the pressure.

Inderjit can be contacted at

About the author, Ross

Behavioural leadership coach committed to bringing more soul into business and reducing a leader's stress in managing their people


  1. Parul Popat on 10/02/2021 at 1:40 AM

    Wonderful and insightful share @Inderjit Singh — seeking to help leaders to evolve.

    This short article emphasing on FOCUS sums up your wide range of work experience individually in places where extreme and meticulous planning goes in ; Reflecting your life and the decision making prowess needed for high profile jobs!

  2. Subrina Jesmin (Arai) on 10/02/2021 at 8:52 PM

    Thank you all for publishing such a critical article when we are under extreme work pressure. I do research in healthcare. We need global teams. Due to Covid, we have been suffering from a severe human resources crisis for the last two years. Because all foreign entries which are researchers are stopped from entering Japan, but we cannot close our ongoing works, almost double the workload we are facing. We are focused on quality works, keeping in mind that natural events like Covid are beyond our capacity to control. We are patient, reduce sleep time significantly, continuing family works, and others as usual. We must accept anything that comes in front of us.

  3. Reena Kumaria on 10/07/2021 at 12:46 AM

    An insightful share. I agree that on senior leadership positions there is a constant pressure of keeping up to the faith of those who believe in and follow you.
    Handling pressure of responsibilities and maintaining composure is a skill which keeps growing with experience.
    As brought out, prioritizing work as Urgent and Important is the key to the Time Management.
    Congratulations to Mr Inderjit Singh and Mr Ross Swan for this inspiring interview.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Ross Swan on 10/07/2021 at 10:32 AM

      Thanks for your comments Reena. Agree, it comes with experience and training that helps you focus under a pressure situation. Cheers Ross

    • Amina Alami on 10/10/2021 at 12:41 AM

      That’s a thought-provoking and timely conversation.
      Performing under pressure has become the new norm during these tough times especially for people in senior leadership positions. Changing our perception about stress is much needed as we don’t give our best unless we work under pressure. It is not pressure that causes the problem it’s the resistence to this pressure. We can learn from nature as a proof. A caterpiller struggles to become a butterfly, if you try to make things easy for by cutting the later, it will die. When we view pressure as a transformational energy, it can help us create wonderful things.
      Mr Inderjit Singh masters working under pressure due to his position as a senior leader. His ability to handle difficult situations, prioritize and solve difficult problems while remaining poised and resilient makes of him a role model to all of us.

      Thank you Mr Ross for sharing this insightful and inspiring interview.

      • Ross Swan on 10/11/2021 at 3:44 PM

        Thank you for your comments Amina, pleased you gained value out of listening

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