Leading in Tough Times

I once read a phrase that said: “Tough times never last, but tough people do.”

I love that phrase for so many reasons. But I love it even more now as we seem to be in the beginning phases of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. and in the rest of the world. That phrase gives us hope.

Leaders are defined in many ways. When I was studying for my Masters in Organizational Leadership I learned that leadership can be based on the “leader” itself, it can be based on the “follower”, or in many situations leadership is defined by “the situation.”

Some people are placed in positions of leadership but they are not truly leaders. Others become accidental leaders because the people around him or her are depending on them to lead them. In some rare occasions leaders also arise from the current situation at hand.

Case in point, Lieutenant General Russel L. Honore, became the face of hope and order amidst the chaos that residents of Louisiana went through during the disaster of hurricane Katrina back in 2005. Honore became a household name overnight after he landed in New Orleans and immediately took charge of the situation.

He wasn’t chosen by his followers to lead, and he certainly didn’t ask to lead in that situation. As every honorable leader of the U.S. armed forces would have done, he was ready to lead under any situation.

Where is our General Honore of 2020? We’re waiting for you to show up.

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