Utilizing Leadership Skills During A Disaster
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Many of my clients live in Southwest Florida and have just experienced one of the biggest, baddest hurricanes in recent times. It has been an extremely emotional time, and we are all still dealing with cleanup, recovery and the aftermath. It has been a lot of hard work and hardship for many.
Disasters can wreak havoc on our personal and business lives but can also produce positive outcomes. As we continue to work, rebuild and recover, I thought I would share some thoughts with you on how to channel your leadership skills to effectively chart the path forward for your team, your department and your company.
Lead the Way Forward – Draw on your leadership experiences to deal with the problems and issues at hand. Confront the brutal facts, and lead the way in formulating a go-forward recovery plan. Set goals, short-term and long-term, aligned with your plan. Rally your team around you, assign ownership of goals and then followup to ensure things get done.
Manage Stress – Managing stress is important for successful leadership during difficult times. Re-channel the stress into positive action aligned with your go-forward plan. Remaining calm and focused creates a sense of stability for others. BE the eye of the storm for your team, your clients and your business partners.
Gather Your Team – Collaboration is essential to moving forward, particularly during difficult times. Working together as a unit is the key to success. Foster teamwork, involve others in decision making and lead the way in moving forward TOGETHER in a focused direction, consistent with your recovery plan.
Communicate – Stay informed and communicate openly and honestly. Engage and listen to others. Open and ongoing communication during difficult times is a must. Err on the side of over-communicating … keeping everyone in the loop.
Be There for Others – During disasters, people need help in many ways. It’s important to be there for others. Your team NEEDS your leadership now more than ever. Exhibiting compassion and empathy goes a long way …. An attitude and display of servant leadership is critical during difficult times.
I truly wish the best for all during this difficult time. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime.
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