Improving Leadership Skills in the Midst of a Climate System

Superstorm Sandy

Weather is an interesting thing. It impacts everyone’s  life each and every day. Most of us get our share of sunny days and rainy days and even some stormy days. And then there are times when it’s either humid or arid outside.

And oh, hurricanes, tsunamis, snow storms, and tornadoes show up too.

When taken in total, the accumulated sum of our weather patterns and atmospheric conditions make up we call our climate. And climate affects people and what they do.

Storms a’ Brewin’

Internal interactions of climate are points of discussion among thought leaders, scientists, and critically alert investigators because of the impacts seen in major weather shifts.

Recently, Hurricane Sandy swept away Jersey Shore and much of the U.S.A. Northeast coast causing $85 billion in damages.

Some leaders reacted to the crisis immediately and took charge of the multiple areas of need. Others waited.

Compare and Contrast

Each response came from how they evaluated the situation. Immediate action to rescue those caught unprepared was the response of some. Others were visionaries to find supportive avenues that would be required for the devastation and aftermath.

In the first case the leaders jumped into immediate action.

These were the doers.

In the second case the leaders considered the future implications of what to do next.

These were the thinkers.

Leadership has multiple responses. In the first case, the doers used their acquired skills to help those in need from the tumult of Hurricane Sandy because they had been sufficiently trained.

Their confidence and ability allowed them to reach out and take immediate action. Many feel the ability to react is the only part for leadership.

However, as revealed in the second case, visionary leadership evaluated future impacts.

>>> So this begs the questionHow does one improve their leadership skills in the midst of a climate system?

Leading the Future

Hurricane Sandy will have Future Impacts

New questions arise for the leadership along the East Coast and for those who lost much.

Getting serious questions:

  • How to rebuild?
  • What is worth the investments?
  • How to help so many?
  • How long will the difficulties encountered last?
  • What resources are available?
  • Where to go?
  • Will this get better?

Getting serious answers:

To answer this, leadership skills need improvement in the midst of climate systems. So, what does that mean? First,

  • Identify today’s problem, tomorrows and five years from now.
  • Express what the most significant people concerns, such as what is the safest…
  • Outline available resources, potential resources and future resources …

Leading Right Now

Every day smaller problems are successfully solved. For example, a student attending first day of class notes that the laptop is difficult to carry on the bus ride home.

This problem is not going to last in the future so the workarounds are not drastic.

Going to a store to look at other carrying bags seems like a good resolution. This future leader has identified and responded to his needs assessment. In the same way, a needs assessment is necessary to account for the future of those hit by Hurricane Sandy.

To see with certainty a good leader will prepare for the worst case scenario.

Finding Solutions – It Takes a Plan

If you want to know if you are really able to make good decisions in a devastating situation ask yourself a few questions like these:

  • How well did you handle the little hiccups like the student carrying his laptop?
  • Have you a plan of action; what about the future?
  • What steps are missing to getting your plan on paper and into action?

I share effective tools to help prepare for crisis in my management programs to support leaders who want proactive in their strategic plans.

Q: So then, what is the best use of the $85 billion estimated for the cleanup of Hurricane Sandy?

A: Please post your comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts!


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Loreen Sherman
Loreen Sherman is CEO of Star-Ting Inc | Speaker and OD & Leadership Specialist
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