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Leadership is tested in times of adversity, not strength, and COVID-19 has put much pressure on organisations and arguably leaders are being tested like they haven’t been before.  

Performance under high stress can show a leaders strengths and weaknesses with employees casting a watchful and critical eye over whether their manager has what it takes to steer the ship through the storm.

Whilst being a leader in this climate is an unenviable task, the good news is that it can be a wonderful opportunity to shine.

Long after the COVID-19 pandemic is over, employees will speak of how their leader made them feel in what could possibly be the greatest time of uncertainty in their working life.

It may not be easy to stay calm, focused and decisive in times of crisis, but it is possible.  Given that most crisis situations emerge suddenly and without warning, leaders need to be agile, ready to respond, possess emotional intelligence and the ability to see problems from all angles. This summary discusses key skills that leaders need to navigate a crisis.

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