A leader is one who not only shows his team the right path but also stands by the team in case of a crisis. If life was a movie, you would suddenly get exceptional leadership skills as soon as a crisis would strike. Sadly, that is not how it works in real life. This is why as a leader; you need to keep certain responsibilities in mind which you have to give priority to. And crisis management is one of them. Especially in a professional setup, leaders believe that their job is to make sure that the team does their job and that’s about it. What they often miss out on is that getting the job done is just one of the many responsibilities they have been trusted with. Whenever a catastrophe strikes, you have to help your team deal with it effectively.
3 ways to practice effective crisis management
Don’t run away
As soon as the team encounters a situation which will raise panic, you as the leader need to maintain a calm state of mind. This is the kind of situation wherein you get an opportunity to portray your leadership skills and lead your team accordingly. At such a time, it is absolutely unacceptable to abandon them. There are people who run away as soon as they sense that a negative situation might arise. This clearly shows that they are leaders only on paper and don’t have the capability to be one. When a team does well, the leader gets an appreciation for guiding his team efficiently. Hence even in such a situation, the leader must think about the team as a whole and not his personal benefit. When you work as a team, you are bound to face all kinds of situations together.
If you get hyper in a crisis along with your team mates, then who will take the decisions? There needs to be one person in the team who can maintain a calm composure and find a solution. Being the leader, this is your duty. In such a situation, you have to calm the rest of the team mates and assure them that you will find a way out. Don’t let your emotions take over your logical self. Stay positive and also spread such vibes to the team. Tell them not to give up so easily and instead use that energy to come up with a solution. Gather input from various people and shortlist a few ideas which you could use to come out of that crisis.
Prepare a backup plan in advance
The idiom “better safe than sorry” is popular for a reason. And the reason is that it makes absolute sense in a crucial situation. Psychological studies have proven that the human mind does not work efficiently under pressure. Hence it is better to lay down different backup plans for all kinds of possible crises instead of wracking your brains at the last moment. A backup plan may also be helpful in case the leader is not around. This will not leave the team clueless and they will know exactly what to do in any given situation. Therefore create a chart of the kind of catastrophes that occur and what must be done in each of them. This will also generate a sense of confidence in the team which will help them get out of the situation faster.