We are in a difficult time, but we’ll get through this temporary disruption to what we knew as normal, and we’ll emerge better for it.
Recognize that leadership during difficult times, like now, is not much different than any other time.
Let me summarize what that means to you as a leader:
You must demonstrate unwavering character – Continue with actions, words, and behaviors that are in the best interest of those you serve. Take the high road when you’re faced with challenging situations. Just do the right thing.
You must care – Show that you care about the well being of your employees, customers, vendors, and community. If you don’t care about them, why should they care about you? What ways do you demonstrate your caring? What is at least one more action you can take?
You must communicate – Tell others where you’re at, where you’re going, how you plan to get there, and what it will be like when you arrive. Don’t feel you have to plan and communicate all on your own. Solicit suggestions from people on your team.
You must be a good thinker – Acknowledge that you might not be an expert in the challenging issue(s); however, you can gather facts, do research, consider options, and then assess the consequences of your decisions. Think it through but don’t procrastinate.
You must be mentally tough – Accept that many decisions you will make are unprecedented. You’ll need to summon your courage to implement them. It will be easier to make the correct decision if you stay grounded by your values, your mission, and your vision for the future.
You must embrace accountability – Don’t wait for someone else to take action. You are the leader.
To get you through this, see if these Gallup resources have value for you. They were helpful to me!
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Given that travel for many is restricted, we want to ensure you and your team still grow professionally. Therefore, in addition to our new LeadersEdge Professional Growth Network we are preparing a fresh collection of leadership development webinars and online courses for you. Please drop me an email stating your topics of special interest.
With all that’s going on, if you’re stuck on an issue and not quite sure what to do, contact me. I’ll help you think through the challenge (no charge).