In turbulent times like now as the coronavirus impacts Australia, the community is looking to local government leaders to step up and lead. For Mayors and Councillors it can be a challenge to manage the pressures and stay focused on the role expected of leaders in a crisis.
While you never would have imagined it when elected, the Covid-19 will be the opportunity to test your leadership skills to the limit. Get it right and 2020 will be the highlight of your leadership legacy. The alternative is the risk of significant impact on your community from a lack of leadership as well as damage to your reputation – and that of your council.
The times ahead will be tough, exhausting and scary for your constituents – and you. Getting the right balance between assisting the community (where you can), managing your health and that of your family is vital. When you are able to think ahead, the recovery phase must also be planned for which will involve strategic planning to assist your local economy , community wellbeing and connection.
Local government leaders need to be mindful of the need to ‘stay in your lane’ and respect the delegated authority of experts in times of emergencies. This must be managed with the role of a councillor to advocate for and represent your community as an elected representative. In these times of ‘social distancing’ leaders also have a role to foster social connection and cohesiveness and this can be achieved through virtual means.
In a crisis, local government leaders have a lot to juggle. So, let me help you. I work with you as your personal sounding board – someone who you can trust to be able to talk through the tough stuff confidentially. Someone who has experience in managing through a crisis. Someone who can also assist you to stay engaged with your community through technology.