These are tough times, and only a fool would ignore high unemployment, mortgage defaults, tight credit, and the general uncertainty that surrounds us. Many if not most businesses are operating on tight budgets, putting even more pressure on employees. It’s tough to simply say, “Oh well, I’ll go get another job someplace else” because someplace else has most of the same problems your current employer has. Before jumping ship, take a look at your leadership team.
A good leader knows that fear is a destroyer. It closes down creativity and distracts from the solution. At times like these, a good leader will increase visibility to the company’s strategy, tactics and finances. A good leader will be visible, available and communicate, communicate, communicate. A good leader will stay on message and make sure the team stays on message. A good leader will answer tough questions openly, avoiding any trace of management speak.
Look around where you work. Is there a plan and are people focused on working the plan? Or are people sitting around, scared, keeping their heads down when management comes near and grumbling when they’re not around? The answer to that question clearly tells you the quality of your leadership team.
I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our people impel. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days. Franklin Roosevelt first inauguration speech