We had a great turnout for Ken Blanchard’s webinar on Leading in Uncertain Times yesterday. Over 1,600 people joined us online for the live event and over 700 people joined us here at LeaderChat afterwards to ask additional questions.
Ken identified a couple of key points about leading during times of change that I wanted to call out. See what you think and consider how each of these recommendations is being played out in your organization.
- Make your people your business partners. During challenging economic times it might seem like you need to be careful about what you say and what information you share. This is misguided according to Ken. Instead of communicating less, leaders need to be communicating more. Share what you know so everyone in the organization is seeing what you are seeing.
- Be a bearer of hope. What’s your intended role as a leader in your organization? Realist? Pragmatist? Strategist? Ken’s recommendation? Leaders need to be bearers of hope. Once you’ve shared the situation with people, share your positive plans for moving forward.
- Be a servant leader. Having a good, solid plan is only half of the story. The real work begins when you turn the organizational pyramid upside down. Now your job as a leader is to support your people, providing the tools, resources, and authority that allows them to take action.