Will the true leader please step forward? The time for courageous leadership has arrived…

by Karen Amos

I don’t know about you, but people’s behaviour has seemed quite polarised regarding how they are responding to the current situation. I was discussing this with my coach supervisor yesterday and reflected that ‘we’ve become ourselves, only more so’. By this, I mean that our values have risen to the surface – for good or bad. Hence the shocking, unkind and selfish behaviour from some people – and the inspirational and altruistic behaviour from others.

This is very evident in how people are behaving as leaders – not just in the business sector, but right across the board.

What I’m seeing and hearing of are the inspirational leaders who have ‘done the right thing’ by looking after their teams, clients and communities. These are the people who have ‘bent’ the rules where need be, provided reassurance and been understanding and empathetic to the needs of others. The leaders who have understood the impact on those going through huge daily upheavals such as balancing working from home with the almost impossible task of ‘home schooling’ their children.

Then there are the leaders who focus on process, making sure everything can be monitored and that systems are in place. Those setting out the ‘business as usual’ mantra, when life is anything but at the moment. Let’s face it, even if the workload has remained the same, the emotional and personal impact of this situation has been felt by everyone. Those priding themselves on being ‘decisive’, whilst never once pausing to look back and check where everyone else is on this journey. And if anyone’s lagging behind? – well, they need to get their backside in gear and quick.  And finally, those leaders and business owners who seek to exploit the system, state, or people in order to make a quick buck.

I believe we need strong, ethical leadership now more than ever and Authentic Leadership sets out the blueprint for this. The need for courage, vision, compassion and a strong set of ethical values. Above all, the ability to put these into positive action. As I’ve said before, Authentic Leadership isn’t, ‘Take me as you find me – warts and all.’ Anyone trying to lead a team with that attitude right now is, quite rightly, destined for failure. No, Authentic Leadership is having the courage to do what’s needed and the heart to do what’s right. How do you rate right now?

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Karen Amos is an executive coach and founder of BrightBird Coaching & Training. She supports business owners and managers to get the best out of themselves and their teams. She brings a down-to-earth approach to improving working lives through better leadership, communication and working relationships.