When the going gets tough (24 March 2019)

“When the great leaders work is done the people say, “We did that ourselves!” – Lao Tsu

The recent terrorist attack on the mosques in New Zealand, which has killed 50 people and left many injured, some critically, has made global news. The reasons for the attack are complex; or maybe they are all too simple. Alas, we are a much divided world at present.

But at least one good thing has come out of it: the leadership shown by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern. She has been praised for the way she responded to such a catastrophe, both in her words and in her actions.

She has already been noticed for having the temerity to get pregnant and give birth while Prime Minister; and then compounding it all by taking her baby into the Parliament. These feminists get everywhere (thank goodness). In her response to the terrorist attack on the mosque, she did many things:
• Acted quickly
• Spoke honestly and frankly
• Visited the mosques herself
• Wore a head scarf in solidarity with the Muslim women
• Embraced relatives in a very personal and genuine way
• Swiftly introduced, with immediate effect, tighter firearms laws
• Refused to use the name of the terrorist, to deny him publicity
• Declared that her country is their country – the refugees and immigrants who have made their homes in New Zealand

She showed leadership.

Leadership is a key quality that all of us will need sometime. We may feel we want to follow others on some issues, but always will come a time – in family, in work, in a crisis – where we will need to lead others, and where others will follow us.
Below is a standard list of leadership qualities; which ones do you have – and which ones could you show if the going really got hard?

All the best


RIP: Jody Chesney

Appreciative – a wise leader values their team; and genuine appreciation provides encouragement, develops confidence, and builds on strengths
Confident – trust and confidence in leadership are reliable indicators of employee satisfaction. Good leaders aren’t afraid of being challenged
Compassionate – a good leader uses compassion to perceive the needs of those they lead and to decide a course of action that is of greatest benefit
Courageous – a courageous leader is prepared to take risks when no one else will, raises difficult issues and is ready to give difficult feedback
Diligent – good leaders work hard
Fair – good leaders don’t have favourites; they reward for results, not partiality
Flexible – good leaders alter and adapt their style according to the situation, context and circumstances they experience; and welcome new ideas and change
Honest – wise leaders are not afraid of communicating the truth; they have integrity, and build trust
Impartial – good leaders recognise their biases, prejudices, and predispositions. They also recognise biases in others and face them
• Responsive – good leaders are responsive to the needs of those they lead. They adjust their behaviour to best match the situation; they listen and learn

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