Authentic leadership under trying times requires balance. You have to pair emotional honesty, facts, perspective, courage with authenticity.
Fear is a legitimate feeling for you and them. It should be acknowledged. Also, it is essential to communicate perspective, courage, and hope.
For example, “It is normal to feel fear when things are uncertain. I feel that too. It is a time for courage. Courage causes us to focus on what we can do now. Courage is stronger than fear. We need to support each other as we move through this challenge. We have successfully overcome difficulty before, and we can do it again.”
Authenticity and transparency with warmth and emotional sincerity – that’s a recipe for leadership success in scary times.
Executive Presence Tip – Carol Keers