Leadership in Times of Uncertainty: Back to Basics

In the wake of tragedy, leaders are faced with challenges that stretch their
abilities and skills. In this global economy of rapid change and increasing
complexity, many leaders struggle to lead their companies in the right
direction. Now, more than ever, there is increased uncertainty, more complexity,
and more chaos.

An effective leader replaces uncertainty, fear and doubt with purpose, courage
and trust. Purpose provides clear direction in the face of uncertainty. Courage
provides strength and commitment in the face of fear. Trust in one’s self and
one’s purpose overcomes doubt.

In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress
occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things
for the better.
” – Harry S. Truman

Warren Bennis (1994) describes three things at the top of the list for leading
during a period of unprecedented and transformative change.

1. Staying with the status quo is unacceptable.
2. The key to competitive advantage will be the capacity of leadership to create the social architecture capable of generating intellectual capital.
3. Followers need from their leaders three basic qualities: direction, trust and
hope.

Executive coaching plays a central role in enabling individuals, teams and
organizations to develop capacities. Organizations using coaches will
increasingly see human wisdom being created and practiced by larger numbers of individuals and groups of people.

Executive coaches help leaders to develop skills of self-observation,
self-awareness, self-responsibility and self-mastery. These skills enable
leaders to grow long after the coaching relationship ends. Coaching develops
extraordinary leaders. Extraordinary leaders produce extraordinary business
results.

Important concepts in this article:

Challenges of Uncertain Political and Economical Times
Leading or Managing
Leadership Styles: Coaching
How is Leadership Developed?
Leadership Keys from Peter Drucker, Warren Bennis and Others
Leadership and Freedom
Resource on Leadership Basics

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