Leading in Times of Crisis
Even if we don’t lead in a formal or executive sense, we all have the opportunity to lead with our friends, families, communities, and of course our companies - even if our official title doesn’t illustrate that.
No matter what definition we have for the leadership roles we take in our lives,
at the heart it’s all about taking care of people. Being a leader means you’re supporting others and the good news for us is that supporting others is a super charged way to quickly increase the feel-good brain chemicals oxytocin and serotonin - which helps us balance our focus between our inner self and the outer world, resulting in more confidence and clearer thinking.
When we’re actively taking care of others, it helps downshift our amygdala - that almond shaped pair of structures in our brains involved in our fear response - away from self-serving survival mode. Since we’re a social species, this physiological based positive reinforcement is an evolutionary adaptation for survival that we can easily tap into anytime.
When the market is strong and rising, people look to a leader for validation. In times of crisis and instability, people look to their leader for reassurance and a sense of safety - that everything is gonna be ok.
Take a moment and think about the last few weeks. How much time have you spent using your analytical skills to try to plan & strategize?
Now, how much of your time have you spent on your social leadership skills of building culture, motivating and inspiring your team?
Conflict handled well brings trust & connection. Once things return to normal, what character will you play when your team looks back on rougher times?