What Makes a Good Crisis Leader?

After a natural disaster, the media always focuses on how the disaster was handled. It is up to a crisis leader to take on the responsibility of handling such events as well as dealing with the consequences of his or her actions. Conversely, if the crisis leader does a great job they will be praised as someone with wisdom, bravery and prove themselves as accomplished in our society.

The ideal candidate for a crisis leader will use their technological knowledge to the fullest in difficult situations. Teamwork is another huge part of being an effective leader in times of chaos. Handling challenging situations, being able to navigate high-stress situations that change rapidly while maintaining unity in their team is crucial for success. The right person is hard to find, but when they are found and perform well, whole communities will be grateful for their work.

Leadership is critical to stop crisis's from getting worse.

Leadership is critical to stop crisis’s from getting worse.

There are many things that identify a good crisis leader.  Some key skills are, positive outlook, strong communication skills, experience and expertise in disaster relief.

Having a positive attitude is very important in these high-stress situations. Keeping a level head and not getting too worked up so you can make critical decisions is paramount. When everything around is chaos, people will look to the crisis leader to keep everyone on track with real-time decision making abilities.

Communication skills are an absolute must when dealing with disaster relief efforts. Being able to listen and asking the right questions when necessary are very important. Some other communication musts are, being open-minded, revamping your plan to incorporate others, being understanding as well as being involved in the team and group effort.

Crisis leaders should have a good bit of experience when dealing with situations. The more real-life experience the better. Training can be a good substitute for real life experiences. Having any kind of hands on experience is always good practice as much as it is necessary.