We are not in control.
COVID-19 is reminding us or perhaps teaching us that truth.
Yet, you are a leader and it’s time to truly lead.
COVID-19 is giving us a unique and unprecedented opportunity to lead. We have had a leadership vacuum as the economy allowed us to be swept along by its prosperity.
Everything you have learned, every trial you have survived, every conflict you have worked through – it’s all been in preparation for now.
One’s resilience will be tested. This picture depicts it well. The tree is strong enough to stand the test of drought, soil erosion, and extreme temperature swings, due to sustaining years of trial. The conditioned (not hardened) tree stands firm and strong even in what seems like impossible circumstances.
That tree can be you.
Sustain-ability is not solely based on all the plans you create, the people you do or don’t layoff or funds you’re able to secure to keep the business afloat.
It’ll be based on you; the person or the leader in you. Some get too tied up with answering the question, “what are we going to do?” Make sure you have an answer to this question of “who are you going to be?”
How do you adapt, navigate and manage well?
You must know who you are as you lead people through this challenging time. Remember the people around you. Especially those who have brought you to the place of peak success prior to the pandemic storm. The rubble may feel like it’s crumbling around all of us; very few are immune. Everyone is asking the question, “what are we going to do?” There’s nothing special or unique about that and it’s a very reactive approach to the situation.
The circumstances will not define you. How you walk through the rubble is what matters. How you as a person respond to your people creates a long-term effect from COVID-19. You can count on people remembering it as well. While others clamor, hand wring, forget the people that got them to where they are now – you can choose to BE different. It is possible to build something even while everything is being torn down. Lead with “people first” through this crisis.