I find that true leaders step-up when everyone else is scared or confused. True leaders delight in clarifying the ambiguous, in accelerating into the unknown, in reconciling controversy, in tackling the daunting, and solving the complex. True leaders know little fear, they are propelled by challenge.
These are times for true leaders. Most of us have never seen more uncertainty. Will the economy recover soon? Or, as Gary Shilling asserts with 23 powerpoint slides, is the economy more permanently broken?
The truth is: no one knows.
But for true leaders there is no dilemma. They do what they always do, including:
-- being relentlessly resourceful
-- taking calculated risks
-- igniting passions, while balancing process
-- fueling the vision
-- striving for the best, while planning for the rest
These are the times when it become obvious who are the true leaders. Leadership reveals across many seasons.