Leadership is a privilege. But it also can be challenging, especially in a time of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. It is when we are in the crucible that true leadership is revealed.
The good news is, failure, crisis, and problems are opportunities for new beginnings. In the midst of all of the chaos, do not forget that opportunity is often brilliantly disguised as adversity.
Yes, a crisis is a dangerous opportunity, but nothing will elevate you as a leader more than successfully navigating through a storm.
People may be impressed by what we have built, but they are influenced by how we respond when someone or something tries to tear it down.
How can we respond well right now as leaders?
1. Accept Responsibility
When a crisis hits, the first thing we must do is accept responsibility. The crisis may not be our fault, but it’s up to us how it will impact us and the people we lead.
“Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you are in control, they are in control,” legendary NFL coach Tom Landry once said.
Whatever you do, refuse to make excuses. Show up and be present. This is not a time to shrink and disappear. Be visible and accessible in whatever way you can. People need to see us, in order to believe us.
2. Have a Plan
Crisis management should not happen on the fly. Make sure you are thinking ahead, wondering what if, and planning for what could be. When it comes to a crisis, you can’t lead from behind.
As a leader, you will come under a lot of pressure during a crisis, especially if you are taking responsibility and trying to lead well, but let me encourage you: having a plan doesn’t mean you need to have all the answers. In fact, if you think you have all the answers, I would be concerned!
Good leaders know they don’t possess all the answers — but they know where to get the answers.
Proverbs 13:20, says, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise.” The smartest thing you can do in a time of crisis is seek smart people who will give you wise counsel to help you succeed.
Above all, as a pastor, I believe we should seek the wisdom and counsel of God. “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand,” says Proverbs 19:20–21. The wisest leaders recognize they need God’s help and guidance, at no other time more than during a crisis.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jack Graham