We often think of “leadership” as a specific role within a company. But in reality, we are all leaders – especially in times of crisis. Whether your organization has one employee or thousands, each is a potential leader who can step up during challenging times no matter what their role is.
How do you tap into this leadership potential? Here are some ideas:
What a great time to practice finding solutions together! Gather your team virtually to discuss top priorities right now. Create a list of solutions to address the situation, including those that may be unthinkable. Engage employees from all levels of your staff – they experience uncertain times through a different lens and may offer insights that differ from your own. Once a solution is agreed upon, determine the who, what, when, and how of implementation. Have a daily or weekly call for updates, changes, and progress.
Engage employees from all levels of your staff – they experience uncertain times through a different lens and may offer insights that differ from your own.
Employees thrive when they are empowered with as much direction, certainty, and involvement as possible. By listening to your team members’ unique perspectives and knowledge, you show that you value and respect them. Communicate clearly and often during times of crisis and invite feedback from your team. Many leaders believe this approach may diminish their authority – not true. This strategy will strengthen a leader’s executive presence and earn the respect of their employees.
Don’t Go It Alone
In the end, you cannot do leadership alone. It’s all about building trust through the way you treat people, and how you show compassion for their concerns. When you have the trust of your staff, you can make smarter decisions and anticipate the needs of your employees more clearly.
Contact me if you need help empowering your employees to be leaders.
Sherri Miller, Founder and CEO
Center For Extraordinary Success