Recently my husband and I participated in a program whose focus was to increase awareness and build capacity to provide successful leadership in the post-crisis economy.
The program was the Post-Crisis Leadership Certificate program offered by the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business.
Every week we engaged with industry and academic leaders to learn about leveraging opportunities in the middle of a crisis for post-crisis success. The modules focused on a wide range of topics, including:
- Navigating the transition from the crisis to new normal
- Establishing effective communication and coordination across the supply chain
- Recruiting, organizing, evaluating, and leading a resilient team
- Seizing opportunities focused on key competitive advantages
- Leveraging key data to model, analyzing, and visualizing multiple possible scenarios
- Assessing and mitigating risk and security during business continuity and recovery
- Applying critical financial tools and techniques to restructure and reignite growth
To complete the program, we needed to participate in all of the Post-Crisis Leadership Certificate classes and pass a comprehensive test of each module’s critical lesson material.
It was an intense, seven-week program. Each week, I would sit in my home office for two and a half hours taking copious notes. Once the class concluded, I would review my notes and take the test. When I emerged from my office, my husband and I would compare our scores on our tests.
Over dinner, I would lament to my husband how difficult the class was. While I successfully completed the program, it was a struggle. Why did I struggle? Because the program was out of my comfort zone.
So why did I put myself through this challenge in the midst of a pandemic? Because it was an opportunity to expand my knowledge and grow as a leader!
“Everything rises and falls on leadership.”– Dr. John C. Maxwell
Leaders face challenges every day. While most crises are minor and leaders can respond quickly based on previous experiences, there will be times when leaders must step into unknown territory.
So how do you lead others when you’re not sure of the path forward? Well, first you need to remember why you’re there.
“Protect your perspective because your perspective will influence others’ actions.”– Dr. Kim Moore
You are the leader, and everyone will look to you for direction and encouragement. It’s okay to acknowledge you don’t know the answer but don’t allow yourself to get stuck in the chaos.
So, the next time you face a crisis, remember to look for the opportunity in the middle.
Are you finding opportunities during times of crisis?