Apr 29, 2020
By now, we’re all encountering that huge, unexpected, disruptive change called COVID-19. Reflect for a moment on the unimaginable amount of changes that have occurred in such an unbelievably short time. Overnight, airline companies were banned from international travel, and worldwide sports and entertainment events were canceled. Most churches have suspended services, and dine-in restaurants closed their doors.
In all our respective worlds, this phenomenon has likely had a sizable impact. Thank goodness we do not have to deal with issues of this magnitude every day. But one thing is certain—we cannot simply manage our way through a disruption like this. The circumstances require leadership.
Although this is an extraordinary moment in time, it calls for you to be the leader you have consistently been working to become. There is the expression that adversity does not build character; it reveals it. That is to say, your leadership and character are going to be on display—perhaps now more than ever.
So, just a few reminders as you rise to the challenge:
Steve Coats, Certified Master of The Leadership Challenge®, is managing partner and co-owner of International Leadership Associates, a leadership development education and consulting firm. For over 25 years, he has taught, coached, and consulted with executives and managers around the world. His work includes leadership development, team development, personal growth, and business strategy. You can reach Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.