My systems mentor, Ken Shuman, shared with me what he wants from leaders at this time:
- Be honest with me.
- Calmness. Be less anxious than everyone else.
- Give us clear directions. Nothing wishy-washy. State it up front: “Here’s what we want you to do.”
- Give me hope and encouragement.
- Show empathy and compassion.
This is such a great framework, and it has me thinking about the leader I'm trying to be through this pandemic time, and the church leaders I work with. All of them hit every one of these. (Yes, I know how incredibly lucky I am!)
Think of the leaders in your life - local and national government leaders, leaders in your workplace and other organizations -- what is it that you want from them right now?
I believe that everyone has the potential to be a leader, regardless of position. If people look to you as an example, if they look to you for guidance, you're a leader.
What kind of leader do you want to be? What could everyone expect from you during this time?