The Coronavirus pandemic has brought the world into a stand-still due to the alarming rates of infections and deaths. It has provided an opportunity to assess the capacity and ability of leaders across private and public entities to manage and address emerging issues. While some leaders have depicted prompt actions, some have derailed in developing a quick response and mitigating strategy for the disease. The slowed response portrays inadequate, leading skills in facilitating better decisions and communication elements that successfully mitigate a threat to adverse danger to the population that they serve. Relevant leadership skills in crisis management include effective communication, confidence, collaboration, ability to develop healthy work habits, and compassion. ‘Bad’ leadership is evidenced by poor communication and coordination. Overall, leadership abilities and capacity determine how well an institution handles a crisis.
Effective communication is one of the leadership characteristics that enable leaders to manage a crisis. Opportunities emerge from quality leadership skills (Georgescu Diana 315). Most of the leaders across the globe are continually informing their citizens about emerging issues. At a time when there are numerous cases of fake news, constant and prompt communication has helped to clear panic and anxiety in the public domain. For example, the US and UK governments often hold press briefings to discuss emerging issues. This is an effective way of keeping in touch with people. The other trait is confidence and revolves around maintaining calm. Global leaders have reiterated that they will counter the virus and prevail. Their words and statements help to develop confidence at a time when people continue struggling to access basics. Collaboration exists as another essential leadership characteristics that effective leaders possess in managing a crisis. Most of the governments have gone ahead to collaborate with various stakeholders to address the coronavirus menace. The realization that a government cannot handle the issue solely and needs additional resources and capabilities is a crucial approach that effective leaders have considered to address the crisis. For example, working directly with well-wishers, non-governmental organizations to obtain financial and human-resource aid.
Modeling healthy work habits is another valuable leadership traits that global corporate leaders have developed to cushion people against the spread of the virus. For example, global nations such as Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, and others gave a directive that people should work from home. This communicates an aspect of the development of healthy working habits. Also, corporate leaders have developed appropriate structures that allow their workforce to create safe working habits. For instance, firms such as Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon all asked their employees to work from home as a way of protecting and safeguarding them. Lastly, compassion is a vital leadership skill in crisis management. Most of the global leaders have shown compassion in such a time when the world is facing a major healthcare threat. The need to cater for the welfare of the population has seen the US release a stimulus package. It is expected to offer financial relief for its people amidst massive job loss during the crisis.
While most governmental and corporate leaders have depicted effective leadership, others have failed to develop appropriate mechanisms that help to control and manage the crisis. Poor communication and coordination are notable inadequate leadership observed during the crisis. After the emergence of the disease in Wuhan, the Chinese government failed to inform other global nations early enough for them to take appropriate measures. After an assessment of the situation and determination of its grave danger, the government should have moved ahead to warn the world about the virus for them to take immediate action. It is an act of poor communication that resulted in the widespread of the disease and a trail of deaths that continue to devastate economies. Also, poor coordination exists as another bad leadership strategy evident from the coronavirus pandemic. Failure to work in hand with key stakeholders such as the healthcare personnel has hampered efforts to address the crisis. For instance, the United States has portrayed poor coordination between its government and the healthcare personnel leading to a lack of mass testing that has seen the infections and deaths reach alarming numbers.
The debate revolving around great leaders being born or trained has always been in existence. While some argue that leaders are born, others state that excellent leaders are trained or developed to acquire relevant traits that enable them to lead institutions appropriately. Extraordinary leaders are made through progressive learning. Working on the ground exposes them to distinct processes and challenges associated with each of these functions. As they lead an organization, they familiarize themselves with essential and valuable tactics for impacting positive change in the business setting. Thus, leaders are developed or trained to become the great leaders that they become at the corporate levels or any other leadership position.
Personally, leaders are made and not born. I believe that training and education avail potential leaders an opportunity to develop viable characteristics to guide and direct others. Also, practice and experience obtained overtime put them in a better position to lead others. I believe that the ever-changing leadership industry calls for progressive training and education to familiarize myself with emerging business trends and processes. Leaders focus on developmental opportunities that permit them to learn new skills. The corporate business world is ever-changing. A skill that is beneficial today might be irrelevant after a short while. Thus, it is only through learning and training that leaders get the chance to model their leadership abilities. I also believe that if one desires to become an excellent leader, they only need to showcase the power to meet that which they seek. Thus, desire and power act as the foundation for quality leadership. Education, training, and experience support leaders in developing appropriate traits and abilities to lead organizations.
I look forward to becoming a great leader. However, this does not mean that I am not an excellent leader currently. I possess characteristics that put me in a better place to guide and direct others. For example, I am an excellent communicator, goal and results-oriented, patient, empathetic, resilient, accountable, and committed. Gialamas (59) state that elements such as empathy and compassion makes a person a potential leader. These skills make me an admirable leader. However, I believe that learning and experience makes a better leader. The more I work in the corporate setting, the higher the chance of developing my skills. Notably, I feel that working in distinct environments creates a better platform for a leader in sharpening their skills. For example, a leader working in a particular firm might require different skills that may not avail a more significant contribution to another establishment. I always look out for opportunities that enable me to sharpen my knowledge and skills relating to guiding and directing others. Therefore, I always look out to become a more exceptional leader through learning and experience.
As an individual looking forward to becoming a great leader, I intend to utilize mentoring and self-directed learning. These are the critical leadership development tactics that I intend to use to serve my career. First, self-directed learning will expose me to significant insights about leadership. I will focus on educative materials aligned to the valuable skills needed in the corporate sector and stories of global leaders who have made an exemplary achievement. Over time, I will assess and diagnose my leadership needs, formulate goals, and outcomes. This will further enable me to put in place appropriate strategies that help to improve an existing gap. Notably, reliance on mentoring will permit me to cultivate excellent leadership abilities. I will lookout for an esteemed leader who will become my mentor. The knowledge and skills obtained from the mentor will enable me to cultivate a wide range of abilities and capabilities valuable in the leadership segment. As a leader, I always seek out opportunities that can allow me to grow my skills in efforts to provide viable services to distinct institutions.