Effective leadership traits during a crisis

Jun 30, 2020

When faced with a crisis, leaders are forced to think and behave in ways that feel unfamiliar, all while minimizing loss and keeping things operating as normal as possible. Leading during a quandary requires talented individuals who can think on their feet in accordance with strategic intent and adapt to the ongoing disruptions.

A recent article in SmartBrief identifies these six important traits effective for leadership during a time of crisis.

  • Out-of-the-box thinking – Think differently and construct ideas by joining concepts from different disciplines.
  • Critical thinking – Possess the capacity to reason with precision and offer solutions that address problems.
  • Introverts –  Observe without calling attention to themselves.
  • Confidence – Inspire followership so people feel better.
  • Team ethos – Think of how actions affect others.
  • Trustworthiness – Be dependable and share reliable information.

Those who take initiative are extremely valuable during a time of uncertainty. Developing some of the characteristics above is a great way to contribute to your team’s overall success.

Why should you care?

Leaders need to keep an eye out for employees who are ready, willing and able to help during a time of crisis.