Leadership during the coronavirus crisis
- By Admin
The word of leadership has to do with managing teams or groups of people to achieve certain objectives leadership is always needed. The need for it is most felt, in times of crisis and difficulties.
Key critical elements of the coronavirus crisis
The amount of fear it generated for life and fear that life will not be like before.
The separation created where people are locked in their homes.
The world was taken by surprise.
There was no time available for preparation, the political leadership in countries hard hit by the virus was unable to act immediately due to the surprise element of the crisis. One main victim of the coronavirus crisis is the bureaucracy which proved to be helpless and unable to cope with a crisis of this magnitude. Many felt that, in a situation like this, what is needed was a strong but democratic state.
Most of the leaders of affected countries did not witness a crisis of this magnitude except Queen Elizabeth who witnessed similar events like, the bombing of London during world war 11 and the start of the fall of the British Empire. One of the difficulties western countries face is their inability to make immediate decisions and their inability to take immediate actions in a crisis like this.
General characteristics of leadership
A leader, in a true sense of the word, could also be a guide who takes people or those whom he leads to where they desire to be.
There is a saying that individuals are divided into three types
Those who create or make the events
Those who watch the events
Those who have no interest in what is going on
The leader task is to lead.
He has his or her followers.
A leader believes in himself, in his leadership, and in his ability to lead.
Leaders are everywhere: we have political, military, sport, team, religious, women, family, school or corporate leaders and so on.
The role of the leader is to bring in the results and to win battles. He/she needs to achieve victory or to win frontiers.
The role of a team leader, for example, is to win markets or customers.
Leaders are not born but are made. Leadership is a discipline that can be learned.
One such person, for example, who learned the skill of leadership, is Napoleon Bonaparte.
leaders have emotional intelligence. Leaders have empathy. They say the truth.
A leader must have 3 values.
Integrity which is not to get his hands involved in the dirt.
Trust where he gives and receives the trust.
Credibility where he must be coherent with his values.
The human side of the leader is also important.
A leader must have a dream towards which he should push himself and his followers.
You cannot impose yourself as a leader. The world is sick and tired of those who give themselves the title of a leader while they lack the minimum leadership requirements, they are self-imposters.
Leadership is not a title, nor it is a copy and a paste operation. those types of leaders are a shame and a waste of time and resources.
To be a true leader, you must care for the interest of your followers before you care about your interests. People must accept you and believe in you. people must also accept to follow you. A leader must be authentic. The authenticity of a leader comes from being self-aware knowing and understanding himself.
Good and true leaders have adaptability and the ability to engage others. They are comfortable with dissent and they are willing to learn. a leader must have experience and must be skilled in communication.
There are those types of leaders who are called visionary leaders; leaders who have a vision.
They indicate the road to people. They are motivators and transformers; they have a sense of mission. They can communicate their vision, they are good at selecting their teams, they are results-oriented. They take responsibility, they infuse high moral. They have a strategy with plans a, b and c.
The coronavirus has created a new type of leadership
As we said earlier countries that were hit by the virus were taken by surprise and the political leadership could not act quickly or immediately. What we saw is the formation of small groups in hospitals and in communities who stood together to fight the virus. They set up committees and informal groups to coordinate efforts to help the victims, as a result, a new form of leadership evolved which we may call diffused leadership.
Leadership and the coronavirus crisis
As a result of the corona crisis which forced the shutdown of the whole world and with its casualties of a hundred thousand victims, the world has come to a halt and we are witnessing a historical period never witnessed before in all the history of mankind.
The ship of the world is now sailing in troubled waters. a ship that is moving towards the unknown.
Every leader whether being a corporate, a community or a family leader is called upon to view the world with a new dimension. Our world has been moving so fast towards producing and consuming more and at a fast speed. The chase for more money, more profit, more greed, for more influence, and more power was accelerating at alarming levels. In parallel, there was more corruption, more oppression, more population explosion, more poverty and more environmental disasters for a planet that has reached its limits.
A change in our mindset is also long overdue. We need to invest more in the family wellbeing. A family is not only a society cell, but it is also the driver of the economy of any country. Direct the role of government, not in increasing hierarchies, but in providing decent essential services, for all, in health and education. Are we seeing the end of globalization? No, but moderation in globalization has become necessary.
We need to consider planning at every level for WCS (worst case scenario), we need to plan for things like environmental. health or climate breakdowns.
The environment demands moderation, less speed, and less greed. if you drive at a reasonable speed, you can enjoy the drive and the surrounding environment while taking into consideration the need of others who surround you.
Now the crisis is not over yet, and we need to make consideration for planning not only for more consumption but for more prudence.