Leadership matters during adversity.

Leadership matters when no one knows what to do.

You can find better ways to show leadership matters.

At this time, the alarmism and catastrophic predictions about droughts and the COVID-19 pandemic aren’t aligning with the facts. Still, as in the past, they rarely do, which means leadership matters. It becomes critical when it comes to knowing what is going on, calming the anxiety and helping people to create a more positive outlook for the future.

As a business owner, you likely have questions regarding how to navigate through the new reality created by the COVID-19  pandemic. You can, and you must find better ways to show leadership. Fortunately, we live in Australia, but no longer as we have known it.

So, how can you explain to people leadership matters?

How can you lead those around you through the new reality:

  • Show commitment to creating a better future for others.
  • Activate your business continuity or future-proofing plan. 
  • Find better ways and resources to navigate through the crisis.
  • Help others to plan their future as they will move beyond the crisis.
  • Focus on your strengths and what you like doing.
  • Help others to focus on the future and take on new projects.
  • Identify stressors and show people how to deal with them.
Leadership matters when no one knows what to do.
When you are going through a crisis leadership matters.

Before you can look after someone else, take time to look after yourself first. You too must build a bridge to the future while you help others do the same. Help people connect to a better outlook for the future.

The tough challenge is to spot the wave of behavioural changes as we all move towards the new reality. Step back, think, reflect and plan your actions to avoid being washed into a sea of unthinking in-action.

Leadership matters when there’s a problem to solve.

Throughout life, everyone has their troubles, big problems and small. We each have our fears, our grief, and our hassles. The thing is, the difficulties were local and unique. It was easy to walk away from our drama. For the last month, that hasn’t been true for anyone.

You can’t avoid the COVID-19 pandemic, you can’t walk away from it, and you have to work to put it in perspective. It is hard, and there will be another side, even though the pain it causes is always unevenly distributed. 

Although it won’t be comfortable in the middle of concerns for the well-being of yourself and your loved ones, how you handle this situation is of profound significance to your family, friends, employees and other business associates who count on your leadership. While the COVID-19 crisis is unique, the principles of leadership apply, nonetheless.

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically disrupted the way your workforce operates. With more than half the world’s population under stay-at-home orders, many leaders are finding their once-close teams dispersed and working virtually, and they need to work more with a consensus-building approach.

People are looking for connection, encouragement and optimism.

It means you are needed now more than ever. It is not the time for you to retract, but to show up and be available to serve the needs of your customers and other stakeholders. Being there is better for you, your business, and the community.

Choosing the wrong leaders can be heartbreaking and even fatal. In a context where a non-profit has to behave like a business, but not look like a business, the role of the leader is critical.

“Leadership choices, how good are you”? If you would like a copy of our eBook full of information and checklists, please contact us, https://faqsupport.com.au/contact-us/

Key Message: As a leader, you must show up during times of uncertainty? Roll up your sleeves and help others as you would expect others to help you. Now you must lead your suddenly virtual team through the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s going to require a shift in your management style as well as a hefty dose of over-communication.

Quotable Quotes

“The true test of your knowledge and leadership is your ability and capacity to function productively in a crisis”. Peter Sergeant

“When employees are unhappy, often the most successful managers are the slowest to adapt. The fresh leadership and thinking, which led to their initial success, is replaced by a rigid devotion to a personal list”. Peter Sergeant

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