Initially, crisis responses tend to be constructive and is characterised by decisiveness, effectiveness and maturity. People tend to switch into emergency mode and become laser-focused on the immediate situation. Yet as the initial acute phase of the crisis wanes, leaders will have to tackle a different set of problems and the practical side of crisis management will give way towards psychological warfare.

Psychologists refer to this phase as “regression”.

This piece discusses collective energies in leadership and how it can be better directed. It unpacks how to make way for the direction of collective energies in leadership.

Here are three pieces of advice to help direct your, or your team\’s energies:

1. Remain at a distance physically, but move closer emotionally
2. Balance presence with absence
Do not become too absorbed by the music – keep looking out to sea

The road to resilience is quite long and hard, but keeping your greater purpose in mind, staying ahead of the game and connecting deeply with your team are the steps that will ultimately ensure quality performance under pressure.

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