The Heart of a Leader Is Revealed During a Storm

How would you feel if your airline pilot panicked in a crisis?
How would you feel if your airline pilot panicked in a crisis? (iStock photo )

Leaders are not allowed to panic.

The broken spirit of a leader is demonstrated by powerful response in moments of crises. Leaders want to be at their best when the team is at their worst. Fires are never a surprise to experienced leaders. We expect the unexpected because we have seen so many similar situations.

I respect the calm of an airline pilot as the plane enters into air turbulence.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are entering some bumpy airspace and it's important to check your seat belt and remain seated. We experience this every day and I want you to know this is normal and we have everything under control."

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What if the pilot made the announcement in this manner:

"Everyone get in your seat and stay there! We've entered into windy airspace and I'm not sure this old plane will hold together. I've never seen anything like this! I'll do my best to get us through this, but you need to know this is bad! Prayer will be appreciated."

Doesn't it seem true that the volume of a voice increases with the degree of leader worry?

Leaders are calm and calming in any storm because they have been trained and have experienced many similar storms. In the moment of crisis, a true leader gives no thought to his personal outcome. 

Leaders sacrifice the thrill of personal worry to quickly enact solutions for the team.


"As they sailed, He fell asleep. Then a wind storm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in danger. They came to Him and awoke Him, saying, 'Master, Master, we are perishing!' Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, 'Where is your faith?' Being afraid, they marveled, saying to each other, 'Who then is this Man? He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him'" (Luke 8:23-25).


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