Leadership in the Time of Crisis

April 1, 2020

In the face of COVID-19, leaders must step up. Calm, clarity, transparency and calculated action are critical to ensuring everyone stays safe and as connected as possible. There will be companies that don’t make it and families that lose almost everything. And there will also be many who step up to assist wherever they can in any way that they can. And we need more of those people. Why? Because people follow actions. It only takes one person to step up and show the confidence to do so. That action can be as contagious as what we are fighting. So take these steps to lead during these times: (1) put your mask on first; you cannot serve from empty (2) shift your thinking and embrace new ways of working – including telework (3) COMMUNICATE COMMUNICATE COMMUNICATE – your people need to see and hear from you about the plans and actions in place and (4) LEAD WITH YOUR HEART, ACT WITH YOUR HEAD – compassion doesn’t cost you anything and can give you everything. Start there and make calm and calculated actions.  This is a new normal for now and we will have a new normal going forward. But great leaders can help us all weather this storm.

About the Host:

Laurel Rutledge’s human-centered approach, empathy, and understanding of individual needs make her a top-notch personal advisor and women’s leadership coach.

Her care and compassion have made her an indispensable guide for countless women navigating the next phases of their lives and careers. Add to that her intimate knowledge of the HR landscape, and it becomes clear why her HR clients have had such transformative experiences. Just as Rutledge has helped countless others get out of their rut and off of the ledge, so too can she help you.

After receiving her MBA, Laurel moved from accounting and consulting to human resources, driven by a desire to do good in a business environment. It quickly became apparent that the switch had been a good choice — she flourished professionally and became happier, satisfied with the difference she could make through her work.

After a 30-year career, she left the corporate world, but her passion for HR and helping others has only grown. Now, she works one-on-one with clients, leveraging her experience in leadership and personal development to help them get the most of out their lives and careers.

From her beginnings as a consultant at Deloitte to her time as VP of HR at Covestro, Laurel has seen more sides of the business world than most. She’s achieved technical mastery of HR, with a deep knowledge of the rules and regulations that must be followed.

She’s also a people person, perceptive and outgoing, with a sixth sense for helping others to see the difference between what they want and what they need. The culmination of this is in her personal philosophy: “lead with your heart, act with your head.”

Find out more at: https://laurelrutledge.com

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