The global COVID-19 outbreak is not only a health crisis, but also a social, economic, and political crisis. Every day, the news reports on how a country’s healthcare system, economy, and social well-being are affected. The crisis is massive, and the outcome is unknown.
With global uncertainty and the challenges it has created for leaders at all levels, I’m curious how you’re doing right now. How do you move forward as a leader? How are you dealing with it? How are you dealing with the pandemic?
We don’t know how long this will last or what will happen next. However, leadership is defined during a crisis. So, leaders, let us take the initiative!
Don’t freak out. Recognize today’s reality.
First, admit that your team is in a crisis. Take responsibility for your current situation and assess it. Determine the alternatives available to you and your team. During a crisis, it is critical to be clear about leading with certainty, clarity, and purpose. To regain our team’s trust, we lead with certainty. Clarity is required for them to have a sense of hope, positivity, and purpose in order to see a way forward. Regardless of the pandemic, your behavior and mindset will assist your team in looking ahead.
Do not let up. Keep an eye on the future.
I know many of you are working hard to keep the business open during the pandemic, but don’t limit your efforts to just today. Don’t give up. Do not let up. The pandemic will not last indefinitely. This is the best time to look for ways to help your company innovate, and position it for great success once the pandemic is over.
Do not neglect your own well-being. Perform the fundamentals.
Keep in mind that we are all human. Humans become tired. Humans experience stress. Don’t overlook the fundamentals. Ensure you watch your diet and consume nutritious food, exercise on a regular basis, and get enough sleep. As a leader, you must set a good example for your team in terms of self-care. Being physically and mentally fit will impact your ability to do your job as a leader. Whether you are a team leader, a family leader, or a community leader – your dedication and responsibility to the team are essential, but so is self-care. Find a happy medium.
Take care of your people.
Don’t forget about your team. Make them feel important by making them feel important. This may necessitate the investment of your time and effort. As a leader, you must identify their needs and address their emotions, as this will affect their ability to do their job. Determine how you can assist them at this critical juncture. Safeguard your employees’ health, safety, and well-being.
As a leader, you are tasked to lead and there is no easy route.
COVID-19 continues to play out over the globe but it will eventually pass.
Lead with a positive outlook. Use this crisis as an opportunity to improve.
Move forward, inspire hope and continue to positively impact everyone you encounter.