Leadership in Times of a Worldwide Pandemic

Once again, let me bring back the topic of resilience in uncertain times to the top of your feeds and minds. You may recall that just a few weeks ago I shared information with you on how resiliency in challenging times has been a saving grace for Puerto Rico. If you missed that article, you can read it here.

Let’s get back to that same topic when it comes to handling (to the best of our abilities) the most recent pandemic preoccupying the world, Coronavirus. Resilience, common sense and overly dramatic hygiene tactics are likely to save the day here.

Preparation in anticipation of something like a public health pandemic is key. Good leaders are handling this unexpected situation much the same way they would handle an impending natural disaster- by remaining stable and avoiding hysteria, by preparing and following guidelines, by taking deliberate precautions and modifying standards and procedures; and last but perhaps more importantly, by taking care of their staff. Remember, when we observe those in leadership positions become stressed, uncertain and afraid, we tend to follow their lead. The opposite is also true.

Each one of us is equipped to manage uncertainty. But first, we must remain calm and centered, which allows us to think and make decisions. We cannot succumb to hysteria, assume we are doomed, and certain that we will be infected. Instead, we can heed the advice of the experts (Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and others) by staying home if we feel sick and adjusting our policies so that staff can do the same. We should use common sense! It’s a respiratory virus, not a GI virus. Buying all the toilet paper in the store will not help. We need to double-up on our hygienic precautions; if before Coronavirus you were the type to wash your hands 5 times a day, now you can bump that up to 10 times a day. It can’t hurt.

One thing is certain, the current pandemic is everyone’s problem. No matter what corner of the world you call home. Practicing compassion, inclusivity and good old common sense is what we owe one another in times like these. We cannot stop it from coming, but we can be smart about how we deal with it.

I invite you to lead (from whatever position you hold) in your company, organization, community, and family. This too shall pass. Let’s hope sooner, rather than later. Let’s use this worldwide public health challenge to show up for one another, innovate and find ways to adapt to the current situation.

In what ways are you showing up as a leader during these Coronavirus times? How are you responding and adapting during these challenging days? Share your thoughts with us.

Helpful Resource: www.cdc.gov

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