Once in a while, dreadful conditions present us with a challenge for which we are unprepared. One such humanitarian crisis is entitled -COVID-19. A deadly alteration of a zoonotic virus has brought the world to a grinding halt on a scale that has no historical precedent. The economic problems that are emerging after the virulence of the virus are weeded out are unique, and so is the test of leadership. The actual examination of leadership does not occur when everything is smooth sailing; rather, it is scrutinised during a crisis.
So, here are a few of the actions which leaders can take to enable organisational compassion in times of hysterical times-
Decisive and adaptable
There are a few situations where leaders are supposed to make quick or hard decisions. A crisis is one of them. The circumstances are changing by the day. The best leaders should be able to make decisions on the fly, quickly process available information, rapidly determine what matters most, and make decisions with conviction. Leaders who take action and who are open to adapting their choice to suit the needs of circumstances are going to have more success weathering a crisis than a leader who chooses to wait and wait and not take action.
The best leaders take personal ownership in difficult times, even though several challenges and factors lie outside their control. They align team focus, establish new metrics to track performance, and promote a culture of accountability. Moreover, leaders must maintain their composure even when others are losing their heads to deliver reliable behavior.
The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.-John Maxwell
It is one of those things which are easier said than done. After all, how does one remain positive when everything around is happening wrong?
Well, the most important thing to remember here is that all crises do pass. On its occurrence, do not overlook it or avoid it. Instead, tackle it head-on, and use it as a stepping stone to enact change.
See the big picture
Leaders can visualise the big picture and envision the potential impact long before others do. Such times call for a relentless execution. Good leaders have to make sure that he/she is rolling up their sleeves and executing every strategy efficiently. So leaders need to assess their organisation and determine where you are today as a team and a company. What are your signature strengths and talents? And how to ensure success and accelerate growth and innovation for a stellar future? It’s crucial, of course, to reevaluate priorities, shift resources, and track progress closely. They need to grasp a comprehensive view and stay committed to broader transformation goals.
In the end, one can conclude, the traditional traits of leadership hold steady in this crisis too. The profoundly successful leaders with the best skills will come on the other side of this crisis as better, humble, and more learned leaders.
The author is the Founder and CEO of Vasitum.