Published May 6, 2020

Episode 071: Craig Groeschel on Leading Through the Storm

During the global coronavirus pandemic, the Global Leadership Network has felt the call to equip and inspire leaders with practical support for leading in crisis. On April 30, 2020, we hosted a special coaching event with Summit Champion, Craig Groeschel for our audience of global leaders across Canada, Latin America, Africa, India and Europe. Wherever you find yourself right now, whether you are on lockdown or starting to re-enter, you will find wisdom and encouragement in Craig’s message on “Leading through the Storm”.

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SUMMARY:

During the global coronavirus pandemic, the Global Leadership Network has felt the call to equip and inspire leaders with practical support for leading in crisis. On April 30, 2020, we hosted a special coaching event with Summit Champion, Craig Groeschel for our audience of global leaders across Canada, Latin America, Africa, India and Europe. Wherever you find yourself right now, whether you are on lockdown or starting to re-enter, you will find wisdom and encouragement in Craig’s message on “Leading through the Storm”.

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • It’s relatively easy to lead in good times—but in crisis, your leadership will be tested.
  • Every crisis creates unexpected problems and also unprecedented opportunities.
  • Disruption creates opportunities. Innovation is born out of limitation.
  • In my context, our state is starting to open back up. I’m thinking about reentry, rebuilding and redeeming.
  • Reentry
    • Whenever we decide to start meeting—early, middle or late—I know we will be criticized.
    • There is no right or wrong answer.
    • As often as you can, clearly explain why you are doing what you are doing.
    • People will go along if they know the why.
    • Be as detailed as you possibly can. Answer all the rebuttals.
  • Rebuilding
    • Think long-term but only make short-term decisions. Don’t make long-term verbal promises.
    • Increase frequency and clarity in your communication.
    • Tell the truth, even if it’s bad news. People can handle bad news better than no news.
  • Redeeming
    • “Never waste a good crisis.” – Winston Churchill
    • I don’t want to get back to normal. I want to get back to better than normal.
  • Three questions every leader should ask as we come out of this crisis:
    • 1) What should we stop doing or reduce?
    • 2) What should we start or increase?
    • 3) How should we think differently?
  • Lead with confidence and hope. Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.
  • In hard times, good leaders rise.
  • When the world gets darker, let your light shine brighter.

 

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

1. At the beginning of the message, Craig acknowledged we are all in different places right now when it comes to the virus and how it has affected our leadership. What three words would you use to describe your current leadership situation right now?

 

2. What one insight from Craig’s message was the most applicable to your leadership in your situation right now?

 

3. How could you apply that insight to your leadership this week?

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Winston Churchill

Open Network: Church Online

Covid-19 Global Pandemic 2019-20

RELATED LINKS:

Craig Groeschel

Life.Church

The Global Leadership Summit

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