5 Key Strategies on how to lead during difficult times

A few weeks ago I watched a Webinar where Mike Anderson from NSBC interviewed Xolile Sizani the CEO of the Servest Group, the topic was “Key Strategies on how to lead during difficult times” I thoroughly enjoyed the interview and what Xolile Sizani had to say.

In the crisis that we are currently facing and with our leaders needing to be at the top of their game I thought I would share 5 key strategies that Xolile Sizani shared with us. When one reads through them you will see that they are not rocket science or over the top strategies, but actually very simple and basic ones that as a Leader one should already have implemented as part of your overall Leadership Strategy. With all the daily pressures of being a Leader one can so easily forget about them but yet they are so crucial to the success of any organization.

5 Key Strategies on how to lead during difficult times

  • Be open to new ideas and new learning – Be comfortable with continuous learning and always listen to the ideas of your employees. Be open to new ideas that can be implemented in the business, it might not have been part of the original plan to implement them now but at times one needs to make a change before it was planned.
  • Appreciation – Appreciation of where we are and to always believe that everything we have done has brought us to this point.
  • Decision Making – Continue making decisions as you have always done in the past, the only difference is now they might need to be tweaked a bit.
  • Task Driven – Now more than ever everyone needs to be task driven, planning and thinking strategically is vitally important.
  • Relationships – Appreciate every individual in the business, appreciate the team you work closely with, show them empathy, let them know that they can trust you, continuously encourage them and let them know that you are there for them.

Below are also a few things that he said that I thought was very good.

  • Never let a good crisis go to waste.
  • Reinvent what you are doing.
  • Talk with transparency.
  • Communicate every day.
  • One’s purpose and the purpose of the organization is so important.
  • Remain vulnerable, let your team know that you don’t always have all the answers.
  • Hope – we will overcome this.
  • Value your team.

Since lockdown has started I have watched my fair share of Webinars this Interview was definitely one of my favourites over the last 8 weeks, it made sense and was relevant. These are but a few key points that I took away from the interview, but what he said really stuck with me.

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

Goodluck to all the leaders out there, never stop believing in yourself, in your passion, your purpose and your will to want to succeed and to take your business from Good to Great. Stay focused and stay strong and never forget that as per the saying “This too shall pass.”

Written by: Ana-Lize Drummond

I help organizations maximize their profits and discover their why, their purpose, by building high performing engaged teams.

Published on: May 25, 2020

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