Hurricane Florence hit the east coast of the United States this week affecting millions of people in their homes and communities. In turn, leaders have an opportunity to rise above the confusion to show support and guidance to others. Here are three considerations.
Leaders can show empathy and concern for the challenges that are evident. Specifically, the people in need are depending upon others who can see clearly that solutions are needed. They can see the way to bring resources and people together to help.
Also, this is not a time for finger-pointing or grand-standing. In a crisis, leaders must pull together and stand in unison to help others, aide, and rescue. Putting aside differences or petty arguments is essential now more than ever. In fact, there are some practical steps I outlined in how leaders can Managing During a Crisis.
Finally, crisis situations require that leaders find ways to do all that is needed without question. There are answers that are needed and a culmination of talent, insight, and wisdom rather than rhetoric and banter. In the coming weeks, I will share some additional resources on this subject to assist with those interested in refining their crisis leadership skills.