Many leaders are not ready to face a crisis due to lack of experience. If you think about the large-scale crises that have taken place in recent years, you’ll notice a pattern of poor decision-making throughout most of those events. Poor decisions are often made because leaders can’t lead under stressful circumstances, it’s not day-to-day life. So, what must leaders do in order to be better prepared to lead during a crisis? In this podcast, Mike Howard takes us through his thoughts and experiences in all-things crisis leadership.
We posed the following questions to Mike
- In your experience, why are some leaders not suited for leading crises or even smaller incidents?
- What are the top three traits of a good crisis leader?
- Do you have an example of a leader, or leaders, that performed well during a publicly known crisis? The Chilean mine rescue come to mind. Feel free to talk about any.
- Why should young potential leaders get the opportunity to practice leading in crisis leadership simulation exercises?
- Can anyone become a crisis leader with the right training and guidance, or does it take more than that?
- What would you suggest to anyone that’s thinking of becoming a leader on a crisis management team, or is being positioned on the team and has little or no crisis management leadership experience?
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