Leaders Emerge In Times Of Crisis

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You cannot do things the way you have always done them and expect different and better results. If you want life to be different, it means that you have to start thinking differently, acting with intent and taking bold decisions. For instance, the Covid-19 pandemic has proven to us that we cannot take things such as washing our hands lightly. It has redefined in a short space of time that we need to raise our hygiene standards if we are to contain the spread of the virus.  The results are dire, and individuals and organisations cannot go on as if things are normal.

It is at times like these that personal and institutional leadership is tested:

  • At a personal level, it is your responsibility to take care of yourself, following tips about personal care and hygiene.
  • Stay informed, it is no time to conjure up conspiracy theories about how the virus emerged and what it is intended to do. People are affected and your role should be to minimise the impact by doing the little that you can do and make a difference.

“the true test of leadership is how well you function in a crisis”

Brian Tracy
  • Collaboration is key, no one individual owns the solutions to this crisis. Leaders should invite suggestions from various input points. Individuals should also on their own volition provide suggestions of how the issues should be handled.  
  • Help those who cannot help themselves. One individual in my neighbourhood availed himself to buy groceries on behalf of elderly people who are scared to go out. This is an opportunity to show acts of kindness.
  • Those who are charged with institutional leadership should take decisions for the greater good to mankind. It is no time for analysis paralysis but to act decisively to protect those under their care.
  • Values, vision and mission statements should be downloaded from the company websites and walls, it is time to bring them to life.
  • Organisations are not buildings and other assets on the balance sheet. Organisations are people and profits should not trump the lives of those who bring in the profits. Prioritise people above anything else.

Remember that this crisis presents an opportunity for leadership to emerge and take a stand for the greater good. As Robin Sharma puts it, “anyone can lead when the plan is working. The best lead when the plan falls apart”

Tex Hlalele is a Life & Business Coach, Consultant, Speaker and Author. Book Tex for speaking engagements and to help you and your team gain insights and possibilities for individual learning and organizational advancement on +2764 656 6174 or visit http://www.dreamsmadepossible.co.za/contact.html. He is the author of the book, Face the person in the mirror.

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