"Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own." Charles de Gaulle
What times we live in, huh? Covid, quarantine, masks, vaccine rollout, election turmoil, new and old leadership in our nation’s capital, social unrest. I’m tired just typing this. But this is our current state of affairs and as a leader, you don’t get a break. Many eyes are watching you. Staff, associates, partners, volunteers, clients, customers. So now is your opportunity to display your leadership qualities.
Every organization faces adversity throughout its life cycle. Whether it’s the economy, staffing issues, lagging sales or production, political pressures, or a million other things, the pressure is on. How you deal with it will be how you are judged.
As I was writing this blog, I was watching Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers battle it out in the fourth quarter of the NFC championship game. Each had thrown a couple of interceptions but continue to lead their teams on and off the field. They don’t hang their heads when things go bad. They work their rear ends off to rally their team to regroup, recover and excel.
Often that is your task. Take head on the adversity you face. Evaluate what needs to be done as the leader. Be calm, be committed and decide on your course of action. Character is one of the Five C’s of Leadership cited in the book “Leadership from 30,000 Feet”. Fall back on your character. You are human, but do your best to be the leader that your organization so desperately needs right now. They expect that of you. And they deserve your best effort.