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5 Things to Help Lead Your Team Through the Coronavirus Crisis: Proven Military Leadership Lessons That Can Help Your Team through a Crisis

5 Things to Help Lead Your Team Through the Coronavirus Crisis: Proven Military Leadership Lessons That Can Help Your Team through a Crisis Mission+Leader's Intent -- improving your team's alignment by helping them understand the why and what success looks like. Where to go as a leader -- We have all heard the leadership mantra that the best leaders “lead by example.” Yet in day-to-day work and this crisis, deciding where your physical presence as a leader has the most impact is a little more complicated. Often leaders tend to go where they are most comfortable, the part of the business where they grew up, or where they believe they have the most talents. And in the current crisis, there is a risk aspect to where you go as a leader that wasn’t there before. We will highlight seven ways to think about where you should go as a leader. Lead with optimism -- As we all lead our families, teams, and companies through the coronavirus it is worth talking about optimism. We all know that during a crisis we should lead with optimism. But does one stay optimistic through all the news, challenges, and new routines? We will discuss six ideas to help you stay optimistic. How are you looking for opportunities in this crisis? The coronavirus crisis has and will continue to disrupt the status quo. There is value in thinking about how to adapt your team or company to the new environment. Andy Grove, former Intel CEO, once said, “Bad companies are destroyed by crises. Good companies survive them. Great companies are improved by them.” Like all crises, the coronavirus crisis will change the risk/reward balance for your team, increase your organization’s focus, encourage innovation, and reveal opportunities. So how do you find these opportunities in the crisis? We will discuss seven questions that might help you and your team start thinking about finding an opportunity and become one of the great companies formed out of the coronavirus crisis of 2020. Recognizing excellence -- In the chaos of a crisis, it is often hard to remember to recognize members of your team for the amazing work they are doing. In a pre-coronavirus study, 80% of employees stated that they feel motivated to work harder when they felt appreciated for their work. However, over three quarters of all employees feel undervalued because of a lack of recognition and appreciation. Although it is simple, when was the last time you recognized members of your team for the great work they are doing?

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