In their article, Crucibles of Leadership, Warren Bennis and Robert Thomas list 4 essential traits all leaders must have in times of crisis:
- Ability to Engage Others in Shared Meaning. Leaders must be able to reframe a crisis and bring others together around a shared meaning; to be able to lead others to find a greater purpose within the crisis.
- A Distinctive and Compelling Voice. Leaders must have the ability be able to bring calm through the use of their words.
- A Sense of Integrity Defined by Strong Values. There is nothing like a crisis to reveal a leader’s true values. The key for every leader is live by their values even when is seems the world around them is falling apart.
- Adaptive Capacity. Great leaders have the unique ability to transcend adversity and emerge from a time a crisis, change or disruption stronger than before.
If I had to sum these essential traits up one word, I would say “Centeredness.” All leaders must be centered and remain centered in times of crisis.
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