“Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to our eyes. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or weak; and at last some crisis shows what we have become.”— Brooke Foss Westcott
During the coronavirus pandemic, your leadership will face many opportunities.
After the immediacy of this health crisis, your leadership will continue to face many opportunities.
It doesn’t matter where you live, who you work for, or at what level you lead… your leadership will most certainly face many opportunities.
Your employees who can will be working from home. This will be a big change in how they work. This will also be a big change for you in how you lead. Your employees who can’t work from home will continue doing what they do in a very different environment. Again, a big change in how they work and a big change in how you lead. Employees’ families and finances will be affected. Until there is more information, they will see their futures with uncertainty. You will be leading and coaching in a different world. How will you find opportunity as a people leader?
Your organization will be adapting to survive in a new business world that is changing faster than it did yesterday. Many long-term strategic goals will give way to short term survival goals. There will be budget cuts and likely staff reductions. Your organization will need your business knowledge and leadership skills more than ever. How will you find opportunity as a business leader?
Your community will struggle to maintain some sense of balance. Small businesses will close their doors, non-profits will struggle to continue serving and your neighbors will be dealing with their own set of problems. It will take time before your community returns to some sense of normalcy. How will you find opportunity as a community leader?
Your family near and far will need your leadership. Elderly relatives will retreat to isolation and your immediate family members will be filled with anxiety… especially children. Your family is counting on you. You will be their buffer. How will you find opportunity as a family leader?
And most importantly you need to maintain your own health. Both physically and mentally. Will you withdraw into yourself? Will you find creative ways to stay healthy? Will you maintain a positive attitude? How will you find opportunity in becoming a healthy leader?
In a 2008 study from Gallup, four basic needs of what followers need from leaders were revealed. They are:
- Trust: Respect, integrity and honesty
- Compassion: Caring, friendship, happiness and love
- Stability: Security, strength, support and peace
- Hope: Direction, faith and guidance
As true today as when the study was released. Please consider how you will show up as a leader who inspires trust, shows authentic compassion, demonstrates stability or provides hope as you lead your family, employees, community, and organization through this crisis. This IS your opportunity to lead above the chaos and crisis when everything seems impossible. How will history look back on you as a leader when this health and economic crisis is in the past?
In this time of social distancing, I absolutely believe that now is when leaders need to come together. I will be hosting online opportunities for you to connect to, share with, learn from, and get support from other leaders. Discussion topics will be prepared in advance, but these online gatherings will begin with no overarching agenda. My intention is to allow them to grow organically into what you need them to be during this crisis. Online logistics will be worked out very soon. Because my intention is to provide you the opportunity to connect leaders who are facing the same challenges, there will be no cost for you to participate. I only ask that you are sincere in your participation and that our conversations remain confidential. If you want to join me in connecting with other leaders please email me at email@example.com