Leadership in Troubled Times


Leading in Troubled Times A leader’s first task is to keep hope alive.- Joe Batten Leading a business can be challenging, even in the good times. In difficult times, it is even more important for leaders to get involved and provide guidance and inspiration.


Today we face difficult times with a weakened economy, layoffs and intense scrutiny from a wary public sector. As leaders, now is the time to stand up for our beliefs. I espouse a values-based theory of leadership that is just as relevant, if not more so, in our troubled times today than it was in the past. Leadership is about hope, vision, inspiration, communication and trust. As a leader, you have the opportunity to bring vision and hope to those around you.

You have an opportunity to inspire and restore trust in those who look up to you. And you have the opportunity to forge bonds with those around you, forged in difficult circumstances and hardened by the steel of your personal values ​​and beliefs. I think that’s true no matter what level of management you’re at. Whether you’re a frontline manager or a CEO, your employees look to you for direction and inspiration.

And they expect you to give them hope. Is it a difficult task for a leader, no matter the level? Yes, but that’s what separates true leaders from those who are leaders in title only. Batten is right when he says that the leader’s first job is to keep hope alive.


I believe the second responsibility of a leader is to convey that hope and vision to their employees and managers in a way that builds trust and respect. With a strong core of values, a leader can inspire their people to achieve great things. Things produce fantastic results and succeed while others around them fail. Without a values-based foundation, a “leader” can achieve short-term results, but will not stand the test of time as employees without trust and respect will seek every opportunity. to improve and get out of the realm of a worthless leader. You don’t lead by hitting people on the head, that’s assault, not leadership.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) – 34th President of the United States. Why do we hear so many oppressive work environments where bosses look down on their employees who use whips to get results and then fire others? any? Who questions his orders? When I read or hear “executives” tell their employees that they are “lucky enough to have jobs,” I cringe. Because in reality they are not leaders.