Episode 160: Leadership Risks You Need to Prepare For

Leadership is a major factor in how smoothly your emergency management and business continuity plans are created and implemented, so in this episode, we are sharing some of the top leadership risks to prepare for in order to have a stronger team. The article Vanessa references for this episode is from Forbes on “Navigating Leadership Challenges in a Rapidly Changing World.”

Some key takeaways from this episode include:

  • Your ability to manage and regulate your own emotions during a crisis is crucial. According to Forbes, “EQ is so effective that the overall success of the business can improve by 37.2% in the first year” of improving EQ across leadership.
  • We need our teams to be rested, ready, and responsive during a crisis, which means we need to be invested in their wellness. Create wellness programs and incentives, invite guest speakers to speak to nutrition and fitness, and encourage workers to take breaks and time off.
  • Not being proactive about social issues is a major risk. You want to be clear on your stances before you are forced to make a statement or response, and you need to be able to point to your mission, vision, and values to back that statement up.

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Vanessa Mathews, host

Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Jon Seals, producer

Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.

KEYWORDS: Leadership, risks to watch, business continuity, leadership trends, emotional intelligence, training, social justice issues

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