Crisis Leadership

A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind.

~Chinese Proverb

Leading in crisis is about having command of oneself in order to lead others through it. This means being a role model, having command of your own emotions and being able to maintain a cool head and focus.

Gather Facts. Good decision making in a crisis means having facts and understanding what is happening. Gathering facts and details allows you to make proactive decisions instead of reactive ones.

Don’t rush. While some situations require an immediate response, try to take a moment to asses and don’t rush to a decision, judgment, reaction or action.

Make a decision. A crisis requires someone to make a decision. Don’t be paralyzed by “what if I get it wrong” thoughts. You can always change course with new information.

Stay calm. In a crisis, emotions run high and panic can set in. Leaders must be able to project calmness. Bring a moment of silence to chaos, slow down and lower your voice to calm others.

Leaders are tested during a crisis, but the key to handling it successfully is to set the example by maintaining control. Failure to do so will result in those around you losing confidence and trust in your abilities.

Anthony T. Eaton
Anthony T. Eaton
ANTHONY is a seasoned, certified Human Resources professional with more than twenty years of experience working in a range of industries including non-profit, banking, utilities and government. In addition, he is an accomplished leader and author with a passion for personal and professional leadership and development. Believing that every person has the opportunity and potential to lead, his focus is on helping others be the best leaders they can no matter who they are or position they hold. In 2013 Anthony took his leadership message online with a blog. Initially posting an inspirational quote of the day he then began doing interviews with a wide range of individuals from diverse background about their personal journey, leadership experiences, and thoughts. In 2015 he created a website and added feature articles, a second interview series WOMEN ON LEADERSHIP along with a book review. In 2016 he published his first book LEADERSHIP CONVERSATIONS, a series of interviews on leadership and more. Anthony’s purpose is to inspire and motivate others by initiating conversations about what it means to be a leader in the broadest sense of the word.
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