One of the ways a leader separates themselves from being a manager is by coaching their people. A coach, by definition, is one who trains and instructs. The word coach comes from “carriage,” which means to take someone from where they are today to where they want to go.
Serving others is always crucial for leaders, but it’s especially important during challenging times and Covid-19 is the epitome of challenging times. People are concerned about their health, finances, and their future more than any time in recent history.
During difficult times, it’s essential to take small steps in the right direction. Even if it seems like it, nothing will change immediately. But at least it has a chance to change down the road. So the only way things even have the opportunity to get better is if you press on.
Every Christmas morning, General Krulak and his wife delivered homemade cookies to marines on their post. One year, as he arrived at Quantico, and was looking for the officer on duty. Turns out it was General Mattis. Krulak asked Mattis why he was there and Mattis replied, “The officer who was scheduled has a young family, and I thought he should be home with his kids on Christmas...
If there is a time you’re going to get discouraged, it’s now. A seemingly endless period of uncertainty, fear, and doubt clutters your mind daily. We need leaders to encourage us and keep us moving forward.