By: Rod Stewart, Halftime CertifiedTM Coach
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what good, strong, Spirit-led leadership looks like in the midst of a crisis. While watching a documentary on Franklin Delano Roosevelt and how he led our country out of the Great Depression with a combination of clarity, communication and innovation, I marveled at the way he stood up and took responsibility in the midst of fear. It was then that he delivered his famous line, ‘The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.’
It’s pretty easy to get wrapped up in the news and unconsciously feed a feeling of fear and anxiety. But, much like FDR, we don’t have to let fear deter us from providing hope, being creative, making changes and communicating with clarity.
This reminded me of a coaching call I had with a Halftime Fellows client recently. He is the CEO of a business newspaper and has a position of great influence in his community. I asked him, ‘What are your opportunities personally and professionally in this present crisis?’ He responded by saying that he is super energized as he realizes how his platform can be used for good. And he is reminded again, to lead one must serve. He applied a principle from the book of Esther to his own life and noted, ‘God has blessed me for such a time as this’. Throughout the course of our coaching conversation, he uncovered his Top 10 applicable conclusions, which I asked his permission to share with you: