Let me tell you, leaders: “You are doing currently such a great job!” It takes a lot of courage to stand up and lead in the face of this new uncertainty. In “normal times”, it’s not always easy to choose when to listen to your heart or your head; and right now, you have to do both simultaneously. You need to implement measures to protect your employees, and at the same time keep the business going as long and as well as possible while also reassuring partners and shareholders.
I am very impressed by all the small stories I currently hear from leaders I work with, fighting for their business, taking courageously some of the toughest and most disruptive decisions they ever had to take. Whether you had to split up your teams, sent people home or even temporarily closed your business – you are stepping up to protect what is important and what you have built together with your teams. I hear and can feel your dedication, your determination, your passion, I am seeing you not shying away but developing an incredible energy, so that whenever this is over, you will have done your very best to have saved lives and our economies. This is what true leadership means. Thank you for your courage!
I read today this sentence in a post of Janet M. Harvey and it kept on resonating with me, even out of its original context. WE: Leaders? Executive coach? Bigger, as human beings?
How were we, as leaders, made for such a time as this? Because times of uncertainty and concerns are THE times calling for, yes requiring leadership and leaders to step in and forward with courage. Because our resilience, our clarity are what our companies and people need, more than ever. Because this is a time where our hearts and our heads need to be in balance -heart for empathy and understanding, head for action and determination.
How were we, as coaches, made for such a time as this? Because at the core of what we do is offering a safe place to leaders. More than ever. For them to stop and resource, grow their resilience, think loud, better anticipate and implement next steps better, a place where they can share their personal concerns or anxieties for their employees and for the future of their company. Because we partner with our clients and support them to focus on what matters and on the criticals.
How were we as human beings made for such a time as this? Want to share your thoughts? Stay safe and healthy fight Coronavirus.