April 3

In Times of Crisis, Choose to Lead

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The recent corona-virus health scare has shone the light on the need for strong leadership. People are looking for leadership. We crave it.

But, who will we turn to?

Why not you?

React, Respond or Initiate

In a recent blog post, thought leader Seth Godin suggested that in critical situations we have only a few options of how to take action.

He says when asked the question, “What will you do next?” You have just three choices:

  • React
  • Respond
  • Initiate

From his post:

“The first gives us visceral satisfaction and emotional release, and it almost always leads to bad outcomes.

Responding is smarter. It requires each of us to think hard about the action and emotion we seek to create after something is put on our desk.

And the third? Initiating is…more difficult to move up on our agenda.”

He continues, “But, right now is the single best time to initiate.”

Read more here: React, Respond or Initiate?

Most people will react or hide when times are uncertain. Some will respond. What we need are people to initiate, to lead.

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

— John Maxwell

What We Need is Leadership

Historically we’ve looked to our governmental leaders for guidance, direction, and comfort. But, it seems that more and more our “leaders” are anything but.

Politicians lay blame, point fingers and hold unconsciously to the party line.

Turn to the news and instead of unbiased reporting of facts you get politicized and financed agendas.

Social Media? Overreaction and oblivion.

So, who will we look to in these times of uncertainty?

Why not you?

How You Can Lead

Leadership takes many forms: vision, enrolment, support, and perspective. It’s about adjusting the sails. But, when push comes to shove leadership is about connection and compassion.

Take the time to connect with the people in your network.

Social Distancing makes connection more important than ever. And, it has created an opportunity to be intentional about it.

How to Talk With Anxious People

Leadership expert Dan Rockwell has several suggestions on how to connect with people during troubled times:

  • Listen without minimizing concerns. When you minimize an issue that’s important to someone, you become untrustworthy to them.
  • Respond with empathy and confidence.
  • Welcome suggestions for solutions. You don’t need to respond to them, just welcome them.
  • Be honest.
  • Don’t judge.
  • Stay open.
  • Be available.

Read more here: How to Talk with Anxious People

“Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.”

— Jim Rohn

This Too Shall Pass

No one really knows to what extent our current situation will progress or how long it will last. What is certain is that this too will pass.

A crisis will come, and the crisis will go. In times, and every day what we really need is leadership.

We need leaders.

Will you answer the call?


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