Leading Your Team In Difficult Times

Posted on June 12 2020

Leadership looks a little different these days, doesnโ€™t it? ๐Ÿค”

Around here we're focusing a little less on accomplishment, and a lot more on connection.

To address the fatigue, loneliness, and fear our staff is experiencing, we're putting some extra energy into investing in the emotional health of our employees.

We're doing things like...

  • Intentionally celebrating birthdays ๐ŸŽ‰, anniversaries, and milestones with drive-by parades ๐Ÿš™๐Ÿš—, videos, snail mail, or chalk art.
  • Using video conferencing ๐Ÿ–ฅ for emotional check-ins (as opposed to project updates)
  • Asking for and addressing the tensions and fears felt by the team
  • Meeting for a walk ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ instead of a conference or video call
  • Tailgating for lunch in the church parking lot
  • Starting virtual team meetings with digital games

Whether you're people-oriented or task-oriented, your direct reports are likely craving encouragement over (another) to-do list.

You're doing a great work, keep it up! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘

And if we can help, please let us know.

We're all on the hunt for some more innovative ways to support our work teams.


in the comments section below.

Check this page in the coming days for other ideas.


  • Tim Palmer: June 18, 2020

    Two things that have helped us:

    First, the executive director started a weekly 3-minute video update and supervisors gave a weekly emotional support phone call/prayer with each report. The result is I felt way more connected during the crisis than I did before.

    Second, shameless sucking up. When we did reconvene the office this week, we watched Part 2 of Better For It by Andy. We want to learn from the crisis, not waste it. And it was transformative to ask ourselves what we would do if we were confident God is with us.

    Tim Palmer
    Center for Intercultural Training

  • Cathy Glista: June 16, 2020

    Our church just did a limited opening this past weekend. We had a staff โ€œpoolโ€ to guess how many people would show up and gave a gift card to the closest one. Everyone loved it. We also did a contest to see had the best home office.

  • Virginia Lowe: June 16, 2020

    Some of our members have family that are a bit more housebound, an elderly parent, a young adult that is confined to a wheelchair and dependent on others for transportation โ€ฆ.so we send cards and letters to them! Loving on the family members means a lot to our team members.

  • Joanna Jones: June 15, 2020

    Our group participates in a one hour ZOOM pilates class each week. We get to โ€œseeโ€ each other and exercise all at the same time.

  • ivonne: June 15, 2020

    We have a cookout meeting outside of our facility. We eat lunch outdoors and listen to staff updates.

  • Nancy Arnold: June 15, 2020

    Endorphins are so key when things get lonely or stressed. Activity that gets the blood flowing enough to release endorphins can change the whole dynamic of a conversation. Walks, action games, laughter are medicine!

  • Paulo A.: June 15, 2020

    Iโ€™m leading this weekโ€™s staff meeting at a park (after a bike ride through nearby city parks).

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