By Tom Atema
There is no question that today’s world looks much different than it did a month ago. Or even a week ago. To say things have changed is an understatement.
We all see the problems and challenges before us, but we don’t have to get stuck there. As a leader (and as a person who helps lead people from despair to hope, that’s you), now is the time to lead our way through this by turning to look for the opportunities in the crisis. Just how do you do this?
- During a crisis, slow down and be empathetic with those you influence. The reality is people are probably not thinking about your mission, business, or nonprofit during this time. They are asking how will COVID-19 impact them and for how long? As a leader we must acknowledge these fears – they are real.
This is the time for prayer. Prayer leads us and our families to be more compassionate and it improves our outlook on life (just to name two benefits). Everyone on your team should have a list of people to call, check up on, and ask if you can pray for (I bet they say yes). People need to know you care before they care about what you care about. Now is the time to live this out.
- Over Communicate – but not endless talking. The truth is, in a crisis you cannot over communicate with your family or your team! Things change fast and you need to communicate your “why” often. When people know what you’re doing, and the “why,” they will follow at an unbelievable pace. Those you are influencing will be energized and become positive, rise above the despair, and have hope.
- Plan on getting somethings wrong. In times of crisis there is no road map, no proven policies and procedures. The facts are changing quickly and even with your best intentions, you will get a few things wrong. Admit it when it happens, adapt, and move forward. We are leading with God right by our side. While we do not understand why God allowed this pandemic to happen, we do KNOW He and He alone is in control. HE loves us and always finishes what He has started.
- Become laser-focused on your mission/purpose. If you have not done so yet, now is a great time to find your true purpose. Dust off what has weighed you down and run the race set before you like never before.
I am convinced God never wants us to waste a crisis. Now is the time to lead those under your influence into new and exciting areas of growth you never dreamed possible.
Please let us know how we can help you lead through this time of COVID-19 crisis.
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