As Napoleon once said, “leaders are merchants of hope.” True leadership doesn’t show itself when seas are calm. It becomes relevant when there are storms. It is far too easy to sail in calm weather. In times of crisis, not only should leaders provide hope, they also should show their humanity; be empathic given the inevitability of human suffering. They are emotional containers for the fears and anxieties that arise when times are tough. Leaders should show signs of humility. True leaders realise that they don’t have all the answers. They know that they should draw on the knowledge of their people—to give them voice. And finally, it doesn’t hurt to have a sense of humour. It is often the glue that helps to overcome difficult times.
Manfred Kets de Vries
Leadership during these times of crisis presents unprecedented challenges. Leaders must find new reserves of energy to:
The Leadership Reflection Circle is an open-enrolment group coaching journey designed to tap into the insight and experience of peers and a senior executive coach. We create a reflective, creative and confidential space to:
From the work in these Leadership Reflection Circles, participants will gain energy to deal with their current professional as well as emotional and family challenges. They will also benefit from the peer network created through the experience.
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