Leadership in a Crisis: Be the Strong Leader They Need

Utilizing strong leadership in a crisis is very important. It doesn’t matter if you are a supervisor, a team leader, or just a leader of your family. As I write this article, we are all in a time of crisis with the COVID 19 outbreak. This is affecting the whole world. As leaders, we must not become part of the problem. We must be part of the solution by leading our team through this dire time.

Tips For Strong Leadership in a Crisis

Keep calm

It’s important to keep your emotions in check as a leader. When we let our emotions get the best of us, we make bad decisions. Staying calm and collected can help us make the best decision for the given circumstances. Whatever happens, try to make it a point to not let those in your circle of influence see you getting too emotional.

Minimize rumors and hearsay

During times of crisis, many people start stating their opinion like its fact. This can cause panic or even worse people act on this information thinking it’s true and negative outcomes may happen. To expel these rumors, we need to do our best to stay informed and keep our team informed. We need to make sure we are not helping spread the rumors or even starting the rumors as leaders.

Stay positive

Keeping a positive outlook and try to not let the negativity overwhelm you. When we focus on the negative, everything becomes harder. When we focus on the negative and truly believe something will happen, many times we subconsciously do things to make our beliefs a reality. We do the same thing with positive thoughts. This is the theory behind manifestation.

For more information on manifestation read 9 Principles of Conscious Manifestation.

Set the example

As a strong leader, you set the example for others to follow. If you are negative and show signs of being completely stressed out, chances are those around you will follow suit. The old saying of “do as I say and not as I do”, doesn’t fit into what a leader is trying to do. This a very hypocritical way of thinking. A leader should never be a hypocrite because it won’t be long before their followers stop following them.

Be supportive

If times are tough for you, times are tough for those around you. Everyone will react differently to the fear and uncertainty of a crisis so it’s important to keep an eye on everyone. As leaders, we must show our support and be understanding of how our followers are feeling. We need to lead them through the tough times and make them better for making it through it.

Prepare for the worst

Always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst to the best of your ability. Put yourself and your team in a position where you are ready for whatever may come. Have a crisis plan. Just be careful, there is a fine line between being prepared and acting panicked. Don’t overreact to situations that don’t warrant such a severe reaction.

Stay focused

Strong leadership in a crisis means keeping yourself and your team focused on the task at hand. That may mean dealing with the crisis or it may mean not letting the crisis steal your attention so you can get other stuff done. It all depends on the situation but if you are constantly letting your or the team’s focus drift from the task at hand, your productivity will suffer or even grind to a screeching halt. Keep your team focused on the high priority items and not waste all their energy on low priorities.

Don’t forget positive reinforcement

Even though there may be a lot of negative things happening in your world right now, don’t forget the power of positive reinforcement. When people do something great among the turmoil, reward them. This will help keep spirits high, even in the wake of a bad situation. Many times, all it takes is simply telling somebody “great job” and you’ve made their day.

Explore the upside in the situation

It’s not always easy to see but just about every situation has a silver lining. Look at the Coronavirus situation we are in at this moment. Many of us are forced to stay inside and not see our friends or go out and do things that we want to but we get to spend some quality time connecting with our family at home. There is an upside to nearly all situations, you just have to be looking for it.

Readdress your priorities

During any crisis, you need to make sure yours and your team’s priorities are in order. You don’t want to be focusing on the wrong thing just because things may be a little hectic. It will be very advantageous to take a step back and think about your priorities to make sure you are focusing on the things that matter in a time like this.

Inspiring Quotes for Strong Leadership in a Crisis

“Any kind of crisis can be good. It wakes you up.” – Ryan Reynolds

“Crises are part of life. Everybody has to face them, and it doesn’t make any difference what the crisis is.” – Jack Nicklaus

“Don’t wait until you’re in a crisis to come up with a crisis plan.” – Phil McGraw

“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

“In crisis times, it’s actually not more difficult to motivate your staff, because everyone gets much more focused on how they control their own economic destiny.” – Reid Hoffman

“Losing your head in a crisis is a good way to become the crisis.” – C.J. Redwine

“There’s always an opportunity with crisis. Just as it forces an individual to look inside himself, it forces a company to reexamine its policies and practices.” – Judy Smith

“When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters — one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.” – John F. Kennedy

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Bottom Line

Every crisis will pass, but things may not be the same after it’s over. Strong leadership in a crisis can help you and your team come out on the other side stronger and better than ever before. It’s easy to be a leader when things are going great but what shows a leader’s true grit is how they handle it when things are going badly.

Many times crises will lead to transformation. Click here to learn how to become a better transformational leader.

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