written by Matt Andrews
The Public Leadership Through Crisis blog series offers ideas for leaders questioning how they can help and what kind of leadership is required in the face of a crisis (like the COVID-19 pandemic).
In today’s post I will be locating information, examples, and more to assist those leading through crisis. Please send suggestions and additions. I am sure it will be a constantly changing post.
Are you looking for ideas on leadership in this storm?
Leading through crisis, and Covid-19 in particular
This online interview with my colleague Dutch Leonard on leading through crisis is fantastic.
This online page at the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) for International Studies at Stanford is very good.
This is a page with short ideas on managing the current crisis from a selection of colleagues at the Harvard Kennedy School.
This post by Tomas Pueyo on Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance is excellent and offers good ideas on actual responses based on what other countries are doing.
This pdf on Mitigating the COVID Economic Crisis edited by Richard Baldwin and Beatrice Weder di Mauro is also useful.
This is a good effort to get lessons from CEOs in the Asia-Pacific region about dealing with coronavirus.
Personal care for yourself and those close to you (family or your team)
This is a great essay by Danny Kaufmann at Brookings, on Caremongering in the time of Coronavrius: Random Acts of Kindness and Online Enrichment.
How to Lead and communicate virtually
A comment on my previous post about communication asked if we had anything to say about communicating—and leading—virtually. A great and important topic, especially now. If you and your team are remote, how do you communicate?
Here are some sources offered by friends and colleagues:
Abigail Bellows suggested reading this article by Amanda Briggs-Hastie on Nine tips for virtual NGO team leadership.
Adriana Hoyos offered Paul Keijzer’s post on Remote Leadership: How to Lead Your Team from a Distance.
Tim O’Brien sent a reminder to look at Allison Shapira’s material, including this video on 3 tips to presenting virtually.
Also consider the recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) article, A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers by Barbara Larson, Susan Vroman and Erin Makarius.
And (also from HBR) 15 Questions About Remote Work, Answered by Tsedal Neeley.
Here is another article by Arlene Hirsch on building and leading high-performing remote teams.
Teams and broad leadership
I love Mary Jo Asmus’s thoughts; here are some on including broad groups in complex decision-making (see also at the bottom of the page links to being vulnerable and having a team of equals).
Communication more broadly
Allison Shapira has this article on reassuring your team when news is scary.
I like what Amanda Dockworth or the Brunswick Group says in this video on crisis communications. It is a video worth watching.
I found the Irish Prime Minister’s address on Covid-19 a good example.
I also thought the South African President’s address on Covid-19 a good example, as well as the way the Daily Maverick provided this bullet point summary of it (note: that I do not know the publication and am not endorsing any outlet etc… rather I’m just putting specific examples out for anyone who finds examples useful).
I have heard that Norway’s Prime Minister had an interactive address to her nation’s children. I have not seen it but the descriptions here and here suggest there is a lot that others can learn from her.
I have already pointed to the Singapore Prime Minister’s speech, but here is a new reference.