Why Many Leaders Failed To Prepare For The COVID-19 Crisis

We never know when a crisis will hit. Something that will rock us to the core. Something that may even shutter the doors of our organization.

COVID-19 showed us how ill-prepared many businesses were when it comes to a time of crisis.

Woman looking down in a black and white photo

Photo by Ewelina Karezona Karbowiak

During the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve seen business leaders scramble to create a plan. To save their businesses. To help their team members.

There was no crisis plan in place. There was nothing to help leaders navigate through the coming crisis. For many, the crisis blindsided them.

The question that now has to be asked is: Why did so many leaders fail to prepare for the COVID-19 (or any) crisis?

Why Many Leaders Failed To Prepare For The COVID-19 Crisis

I’ve sought out the answer to this question. I’ve studied what other leaders have said about preparing for crisis. And I’ve asked those I respect their opinion on this topic.

Thinking Small To Lead Through A Crisis

Bang! A crisis hits and your mind begins to race with the possibilities.

You try to run through every possible outcome in your mind. Most of them ending in disaster. Then there’s the master plan. The one that has all its ducks in a row and you come out with your hands raised high like Rocky.

In your mind, you have all of the plans in place. Each piece fits perfectly.

Man sitting on a concrete bench

Photo by Matthew Henry

Yet, in real life, we know this rarely works. Our big picture planning for a crisis leads us to despair and depression.

It doesn’t have to be this way. There’s a better way to lead through the crisis than having all of the answers. I want to suggest we think small to lead through a crisis.

Why Are Christian Leaders Busier Than Ever Before During COVID-19?

I had a great question from a reader of this blog. The question was so good, I couldn’t not answer it in a blog article.

A reader asked: Why are Christian leaders busier than ever before during this crisis? It caught me by surprise… Then I realized he was right. Christian leaders are busier than ever before.

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Photo by Dan Freeman

Is there a reason for this? There is.

You may not like the answer. I know I don’t like parts of it. Still, if we want to become the leaders Christ has called us to, we must be willing to examine these difficult questions.

Why Are Christian Leaders Busier Than Ever Before During COVID-19?

There are a couple of reasons we’re busier than ever before. The first is:

We’re busier than ever because we hadn’t prepared for something like this. We didn’t see the value in learning to live-stream, create online content, etc.

5 Things To Not Do During A Crisis

Who knows when the COVID-19 crisis will end. I don’t. You don’t. The world doesn’t.

That’s okay. We don’t need to know when a crisis will end. We only need to know how to lead through a crisis.

Man standing over manhole cover

Photo by Viktor Mogilat

However, too many leaders lead poorly through a crisis. Many through no fault of their own. It’s that they’ve never been taught how to lead during a trying time.

These leaders stumble and falter. They do their best but they can’t seem to get their team through.

I’ve found many leaders are leading wrong through a crisis. They’re trying to lead like they used to. Unfortunately, old leadership methods don’t work during crises.

Staying Connected During A Crisis

A crisis makes you rethink life. It makes you reconsider what’s important and what is not.

The COVID-19 crisis has done this for me. With the shelter-at-home and social distancing policies, connections can become a hard thing to maintain during a crisis.

I’ve realized I enjoy spending time with people (I’m an extrovert, after all!). I enjoy changing up my routine. And I enjoy connecting with people.

In the last couple of years, my connection game has fallen by the wayside. I used to connect with 20-30 people on a regular basis through email, phone calls, texts, and blog comments. As the years progressed, I began to slack in my connections other than a few, select people.

two hands slipping apart

Photo by Toa Heftiba

This crisis has kickstarted my desire to be connected with other people. In all honesty, I think I’ve been more connected in the last month and a half than I have in the last 3 years. It’s been great.