The crisis can act like a steamroller for people in positions of responsibility. It creates stress and anxiety for them, and can therefore impact their abilities and resources. It also makes the organization they are in charge of more difficult and complex to manage.
As a manager, running a business in times of crisis can be a daunting challenge. Stress, anxiety and pressure can make decisions more difficult and responsibilities heavier to bear. In these crucial moments, it’s essential to recognize and avoid certain common pitfalls that could hamper your ability to lead effectively.
1. Avoid impulsiveness and haste:
Faced with a crisis situation, it’s tempting to react quickly without taking the time to analyze all the data and potential consequences. It’s important to avoid hasty decisions in favor of a well-thought-out approach based on solid information.
2. Don’t sacrifice your health:
In times of crisis, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by responsibilities and neglect your own well-being. To avoid falling into the burnout trap, managers need to take the time to rest and look after themselves physically, mentally and emotionally.
3. Avoid torpor and passivity :
Standing still and not reacting can be detrimental in times of crisis. Leaders cannot let indecision or fear paralyze them. Crisis sometimes calls for rapid responses. So we need to be proactive and take steps to meet the challenges effectively.
4. Don’t be blinded by the situation:
Crisis can make it difficult to clearly perceive problems and risks. Managers must be careful not to underestimate the difficulties they face, and seek to anticipate potential obstacles.
5. Avoid isolation :
In times of crisis, it’s common to withdraw into oneself and reduce interaction with one’s personal or professional environment. But it’s in difficult times that we need the support of others. Managers must not forget the importance of communication and collaboration with their teams and partners.
6. Avoid unnecessary conflict :
Tensions and conflicts can arise in times of crisis. It’s when things are going badly and people are stressed that arguments are most frequent. Leaders must seek to maintain a climate of collaboration and mutual support within their organization, without avoiding necessary confrontation. Showing understanding and resilience to overcome obstacles together.
In conclusion, managers in times of crisis must be particularly vigilant to avoid pitfalls that could compromise their effectiveness and that of their organization. By avoiding impulsivity, taking care of his health, being proactive, keeping a clear vision, fostering communication and avoiding unnecessary conflict, he will be better equipped to overcome challenges and lead his business to success despite turbulence.
To go further
At WINGMIND, we carry out human capital audits to help managers identify the internal reasons for the crisis and devise a plan to overcome it. We also offer support and coaching solutions to help managers implement the changes and transformations essential to their company’s success.
Founder of WINGMIND, David Chouraqui serves as an advisor and coach for leaders and management teams. His areas of expertise include HR audits, leadership assessments, and change management.