4 Key Points You Should Consider for Leading In Turbulent Times
Agus Setiawan

PhD candidate and result-oriented Director with 25 years experience with involvement in all levels of Business Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Managing Project and Product Development. Aside of managing a company, he is also the best corporate trainer and public speaker in seminar and conference.

4 Key Points You Should Consider for Leading In Turbulent Times

In today’s digital era, especially during periods of turbulence, another essential and often-overlooked leadership trait is the patience to make a plan. The value of quick and decisive action has to be balanced with understanding the implications of those actions. Thus, the situation then demands a quick and decisive action to deal with the turbulent in an unconventional way. Therefore, these are several points you should consider for leading in turbulent times, namely.

Develop a Common Purpose

The first thing is to develop with your leadership team a common purpose behind which you and your team could rally. The purpose defines why the function exists and what its contribution to the business would be. In creating the purpose statement together, the team will own it and will be committed to making it happen.

Invest in Your Leadership Team

Engage your leadership team in looking at their individual and collective learning styles, developing behavioral norms for themselves, and exploring how each would respond under pressure and ways to support each other.

Engage Employees and Stakeholders

Clear, transparent communications both within the team and externally with key stakeholders and business partners is essential. The leadership team needs to invest in in-person meetings such as fireside chats or 1-on-1s. With external stakeholders regular business reviews are important to ensure value delivery.

Strengthen Capabilities of Employees

It is imperative to advance key capabilities across the team to foster professional development. The leadership team needs to committ in the team and their development by providing learning opportunities in areas such as leading through change, emotional intelligence, and continuous improvement.


To sum up, leading in turbulent times requires exceptional skills in balancing attention to short, medium and long terms issues. By understanding and knowing these points you should consider for leading in turbulent times, hopefully leaders become more ready towards any critical situations that occur especially in the workplace.

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