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HBR Tip of the day. Leaders, Don’t Just Respond to the Moment (they) Plan for the Future

HBR Tip of the day. Leaders, Don’t Just Respond to the Moment (they) Plan for the Future

When you’re in the midst of a crisis, it can be hard to think past your short-term response. But, as a leader, your primary focus needs to be on the long term. After all, it’s your job to lead your people into the best possible future. To be able to do that, you need to delegate. Trust your people to handle the immediate response, and provide them with support and guidance to make tough decisions. Your time should be dedicated to planning for the future. You need to anticipate the obstacles that will arise in the next weeks, months, and even years, and set a course for your organization accordingly. If you can focus on what lies ahead, rather than what’s happening now, you’re more likely to emerge from the crisis stronger than before.
This tip is adapted from “Are You Leading Through the Crisis … or Managing the Response?,” by Eric J. McNulty and Leonard Marcus

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