Dealing with leadership chaos

How to handle unstable situations

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Chaotic leadership conditions are currently seen in numerous cases across all sectors. FIFA bans the Danish national team from wearing the words Human Rights For All on their jerseys, claiming this is a political message. FIFA thus considers even fundamental human rights negotiable under the guise of a pseudo-regulatory system far from today’s demands. Well-known brands such as KPMG and EY have recently been in the crossfire of criticism. A fake account pretending to speak on behalf of the pharmaceutical corporation Eli Lilly was verified by Twitter and tweeted that insulin was now available at no charge, causing the stock price to plummet. A book titled When McKinsey Comes To Town discusses sharp criticism of the well-known consulting firm.


Especially in these chaotic situations, leaders’ transparent, understandable and plausible decisions are all the more critical. Always consider four situations.


It is now time for you to actively position yourself in the organisation to clarify your views, ideas and desired actions. Position yourself clearly in favour of ideas that you support. Speak out clearly and justifiably against those you do not believe will benefit the organisation — network with the people who support you along the way. However, also speak up when people in the organisation are, in your view, either pursuing the wrong or purely personal interests. The better prepared you are, the better you will be able to react in different situations. As a leader, all four of the above situations will happen to you sooner or later. Dealing with them requires good preparation, excellent leadership skills and a high level of leadership excellence.



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Niels Brabandt

Niels Brabandt is in business since 1998. Helping managers to become better leaders by mastering the concept of Sustainable Leadership. Based in Spain & London.