Virtually everyone faces a new normal today. If you lead people, you face additional challenges.
None of us have all the answers. Perhaps together though, we may develop great solutions. We’re here to help. Here is a list of recommendations from people leadership practitioners. They were each asked:
What is your advice for leaders facing a crisis?
Below are their answers, categorized by type of tip. Want to help? Contribute your tip here.
|Brookelyn Elias Promise
|Know your people
Their needs and build bridges
I just had the best conversation with a leader in the Nepali community. Why?? Because I know there are needs not being met. So he’s translating a letter and making phone calls informing about the newest location for food pick up in our district.
|Ridge Point Community Church
|My big thought that I need to tell myself every day: “It’s not all about me.”
|Consultant, Pastor, Teacher
|Mustard Seed Ministry
|Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.
And innovate, innovate, innovate. The work of the church is no less important. Just have to figure out how to do it differently.
|Dr. Jack King
|USAF Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)
|United States Air Force
|Leadership without love is no leadership at all.
|Hamilton Community Schools
|A lot of great things have already been said, I would add two things: be calm in your actions and communication, and model the behavior you expect to see in others.
|A person can’t give what they don’t possess themselves. Therefore, it is crucial that if I am going to serve others that I deal (with) the insecurity this is bringing on a daily basis so I can give peace to those I lead or serve.
|University of Iceland
|Many important elements of servant leadership proof to be very helpful these days for leaders of organizations and societies to ensure the safety of individuals and nations.
Among these are 1) sincere interest in others, 2) self-knowledge, 3) reflection, 4) humility, 5) willingness to work in teams, 6) social responsibility, 7) ability to create an important dream and hope, 8) ability to foresee patterns and 9) skills to make decisions based on observations and best knowledge.
Greenleaf’s words about foresight are very much true during these challenging times, as they were before and during the 2008 crisis.
|Remember you are a tuning fork (https://serveleadnow.com/tuning-forks/)
|2 Fish Company
|Be willing to sacrifice.
|Agreed with Scott (Millen)! Also be transparent about the hardships. Other than that, I’m going with a one day at a time attitude.
|Vault Wealth Management
|Be honest, upfront, and transparent about everything. Do what you can to support your team and those around you. Check in on your clients and employees that have supported you all of this time. Check in on charities that you support right now. Nobody is thinking about them, but they are suffering too.
|Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership
|Communication & Attitude
|Here’s my best advice:
1) Check in and communicate frequently with your people. This pandemic is taking a mental toll on most. Letting your people know you’re a listening ear goes a long way.
2) Stay optimistic as leaders. Your people need hope and positivity during times like this.
3) Try to have some virtual fun. Organize virtual happy hours, virtual sweat sessions, etc. Get creative!
4) Lastly, here are some resources from some of my colleagues related to COVID-19
|Rev. Kent Fry
|Third Reformed Church
|People who have learned the solitary religious life can help us cope.
|S. Chris Edmonds
|President, CEO, and Founder
|The Purposeful Culture Group
|Treat others with dignity & respect in every interaction.
|A caring text around 5pm, reminding the team to log off and enjoy their families, is a small gesture that goes a long way!
|Self Care & Communication
|Here are some thoughts I had within the first 24 hours of this being declared a global pandemic:
The ABCs of Leading in Seasons of Uncertainty
|Financial Knowledge Network
|Take one for the team. Practice love by unselfishly sheltering in place and forgoing person to person contact. Do it not for yourself but those you love and for all humankind.
|St. Dismas Jail Ministry
|Prayer for Pandemic:
May we who are merely inconvenienced, remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors, remember those who are vulnerable.
May we who have the ‘luxury’ of working from home, remember those who must choose between preserving their health or paying rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close, remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips, remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who settle in for quarantine at home, remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our global community, let us choose LOVE.
And during this time when many choose not to wrap arms around each other in fear, let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors!
|District Logistics Manager
|Communicate, Communicate, Communicate….
|Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More
|Keep yourself healthy and build up your immune system. Citrus fruits and vitamin C.
|David A McCuistion
|Chief Leadership Speaker / Trainer / Coach
|First, just know it is NOT the end of the world. You must step back, take a few deep breaths, and work on your experience and resilience. Think, research, consult with a friend, read what others have done in similar situations, then take on the task.
Remember your Core Values and Belief system. Believe in yourself that you can overcome.
Create a Vision of Why you need to overcome the crisis – what you will become because of the crisis.
Create a Mission of of What needs to be done to accomplish the new Vision.
Write some SMART Goals of what is necessary to complete the Mission.
Develop a Plan of Action to accomplish the goals.
Daily work on the Plan to Accomplish the Goals that will achieve the Mission and turn the new Vision into reality.
Believe it and you can achieve it.
|Edwards Group of Texas
|Lead with purpose, compassion, kindness, and care. Communicate with purpose, compassion, kindness, and care. Your actions today will create followers, friends, and future leaders for life.
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