Leadership in times of crisis: three ways to resilience

Leadership in times of crisis: three ways to build resilience

There is no guidance manual for dealing with a once-in-a-century global health emergency—no-script-manual, what you should say to team members, customers and stakeholders in your company. 

now, all the leadership skills tested in a way that we could hardly imagine to be able, a month ago. To lock it is only a question of how robust our organisations are and how quickly you can adapt, and restrictions on travel. It is a challenge to our resilience as human beings. 

If Stewart Butterfield, founder of Slack, tweeted the story in the last days, as his business answering the Covid-19 emergency, he provided his comments with a simple note: “I am human. I care about my family, and am deeply concerned about the millions whose jobs and health are in danger.” It is the right Start note.

I have always believed that great leadership is forged in the crucible of misery, but great leaders are those who respond with empathy and vulnerability, even if the toughest decisions. We need all the reserves of determination and positivity are exactly the moments that these qualities are thin on the ground.

Where did that lead the reserves? Here are four ways to resilience:

Meet their Own power of resistance

one of the most remarkable people I know, Debra Searle. She is a successful entrepreneur, author and TV presenter—and she was twice honoured by the Queen for their achievements in their native UK and beyond. She has a mental toolkit that served her well through one of the toughest tests conceivable: with the rowing boat over 3,000 miles of ocean, by himself in a boat built for two. 

Debra’s tips range from “the movie”— visualize the confrontation and overcoming the difficult times of choosing your attitude every day.

“This is the one thing that I had a choice,” Debra. “Every day I have an attitude choice: I said it out loud. It had a positive attitude. Negative attitudes were captured on the boat.”

Keep communicating

you Keep talking about. More to listen to. Our team has been in open communication on multiple channels, such as the coronavirus crisis has developed, and according to the decision, the questions you are working remotely. It virtual meetings, recorded meetings, E-Mails, and I have opened my schedule to book someone in the business, it’s time for a conversation. And these conversations ranged from the current crisis, to help our clients find response, only a laugh at our home office hijinks.  

The most important message the”the new normal is to embrace how you are,'” for the entire team. We all need to prioritize and support our family in times like these. For some, the new normal might look like, two working adults, which react in competition for internet bandwidth at home alternately to the cries of a small child or two. On the other hand it could be, see at-risk parents or relatives. But whatever the new normal is for each colleague, it is a thing, you know, everybody had to, of your leader: prioritize your family and your well-being. If something has, now in life, let it work.

If all of this is happening, reflect and learn

When this crisis to a halt—and it is with the time—advance is the temptation for managers to rush, without a glance backward. But part of resilience is learning. Former US Navy SEAL Commander, Mark McGinnis describes this as part of the “Corporate Battle Rhythm”—a full cycle Planning, briefing, execution and debriefing.

“After a mission, we immediately come together in a very sacred environment, where there is no rank, no guilt, no privilege, no seniority, and we sit and talk soberly about the successes and failures of the mission.  It is important to capture both,” he says.

“The successes, because we want to continue to do things that work and the mistakes are, because we are not able to afford the same mistake twice. If we repeat the mistakes, in my world, it has disastrous results.” 

And the result of a SEAL team, the follow-up not only kept, in the context of the mission squad. The lessons are open for each SEAL, from the top to the bottom rank. “I’m out accelerating everyone’s experience, whether you want to go and do operations or not,” says Mark.

you Take the time to reflect and hold a debriefing; no two crises are the same, but there are lessons to learn, from their organization in response to Covid-19.

lead as if you your children are watching

essentially, the times of crisis, challenge leaders to be the best versions of themselves. This reminds me of an idea that Sean Pederson of Trek bicycles, came up with a couple of years ago: “Lead as if you are watching your kids.” It is good advice. And now, if you are reading this while you are working at home, you are likely to be.

Alex Shootman is CEO of in the work front

Released on Tue, 28. Apr 2020 12:30:50 +0000

Leave a Comment