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412: Why Leaders Need to Step Forward and Take Charge in Times of Crisis - Ask Denis
Episode 41217th February 2023 • Leadership Is Changing • Denis Gianoutsos.
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Leadership in times of crisis is not an easy task. It requires a strong sense of purpose, a clear vision, and the ability to make difficult decisions. 

In this episode, Denis takes a look at why leaders need to step forward and take charge in times of crisis. He explores the roles and responsibilities of a leader during a recent crisis in New Zealand when heavy rainfall and a subsequent cyclone left multiple dead and damaged property. He also discusses how leaders can assess the situation, develop a plan and communicate it clearly with employees. Leaders should be visible, accessible, and approachable to their employees while providing emotional support if necessary. Denis provides insight into how leaders can lead by example, delegate tasks, empower their employees to take ownership of their work, and create a sense of shared responsibility to navigate through a crisis successfully. Tune into this episode to learn more about why it is so important for leaders to take charge during times of crisis!

In this episode:

  • The risk of losing the respect and trust of employees, customers, and stakeholders
  • The critical role of a leader and how to harness the strengths of your team
  • Step forward and take charge during a crisis to empower and support employees

Main takeaways:

  • Leaders need to be visible, accessible, and approachable to their employees
  • Lead by example and provide emotional support
  • Harness strengths and abilities of employees to achieve a common goal
  • Delegate tasks, empower employees, and create sense of shared responsibility
  • Leaders must continue to provide support and guidance to their employees during a crisis


"In times of a crisis, leaders have a critical role to play and it's the time when employees look up to them for guidance, support, and direction." - Denis Gianoutsos

"Leaders who sit back and do nothing in a crisis will risk losing the trust and respect of their employees, maybe even their customers and their stakeholders." - Denis Gianoutsos

"The leader needs to harness the strengths and the abilities of their employees to achieve that common goal." - Denis Gianoutsos

"With the right leadership, employees can feel empowered, supported, and ready to face any challenges that come their way." - Denis Gianoutsos

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