Every ship goes through storm.
The navigator determines the safe voyage of the ship.
This is the same in leadership – a ship steered by a leader.
Crisis management, leading through crisis, is a critical skill every leader needs to hone, especially those of us who are emerging. There are crises almost everywhere. Even the most peaceable arenas experience some once in a while.
Recent events in Benue have pointed to the fact that no matter how peaceful we live, we cannot avoid crisis. Most importantly also is the fact that no matter how fatal the crisis seem to be, we can learn to lead people through them.
Though most times unprepared for, crisis always demands urgent attention. If I can help you learn through this today, how to wade through the storms of life successfully, and lead through crisis, I’ll be glad.
So here are 3 simple keys I’ll share with you.
Three keys that will help you lead well through crisis no matter how big or small it is.
1. THERE’S A PROBLEM, IDENTIFY IT.
It is good I let you know that most times in a crisis, SOMETHING, not someone is usually the problem.
Once you are able to pinpoint what that thing is, you become better equipped to tackle it.
When you think or conclude that someone is the problem, you won’t tackle the real issue.
In this side of Africa, our political leaders are the first to be attacked in even the smallest crisis. The funny thing is that they are really not the problem. Something is.
2. GET IN FRONT OF PEOPLE.
Did I just say that?
Well, are you not supposed to run away?
As a leader, you won’t do well to shy away from this present crisis.
Your visible presence in times of crisis actually inspires confidence in the people you lead and helps them trust you.
So when leading through a crisis, be available. Let people ask questions, even if you don’t have all of the answers.
3. GET A HOLD ON YOUR EMOTIONS.
Does that mean leaders don’t cry?
It means don’t act out of your emotions under crisis.
I seem not to know why crisis makes some people lose their peace so easily.
But for you as a leader, your emotional balance speaks volume to those you’re leading.
What happens next when you do these?
- You lessen the effect of the crisis.
- You’re clear-headed about what to do next.
- You’re able to engage the right kind of people.
- Lastly, You receive the courage to carry on.
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