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Friday, September 08, 2017 5:30 pm

Natural leaders step up during crises

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Business and community leadership often seems at its best when adversity strikes, and the response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastating toll on the Houston area is just one of the latest examples.

Within days of the initial stories about evacuations, possessions and homes and lost to flooding, we started getting emails and other communications from local businesses that were starting to collect items to send to those affected.

In many ­cases, the goal is to fill trailers. The collections range from socks and shoes to basic cleanup supplies. Businesses partnering with other businesses. Church leaders calling on congregation members and others in the community to bring donations to various drop-offs.

These are all in addition to the routine responses we see from skilled crisis response agencies such as the American Red Cross.

Leadership engages others with a common purpose and passion.

And for every initiative organizer that sent an email or communicated in other ways, there are undoubtedly others taking on some leadership in their own quiet ways to show concern and compassion.

Planning. Communicating. Organizing. Managing logistics. Documenting. And hopefully doing it all with integrity.

We’ve probably only seen a small glimpse publicly of all the leadership that will come into play -- some of it from new faces -- in the weeks and months ahead on the path to restoration.

John Haggai, founder of the Haggai Institute for Advanced Leadership Training, is credited with saying the “leader demonstrates confidence that the challenge can be met, the need resolved, the crisis overcome.”

Cheers to those making a difference for hurricane-damaged areas.

Cheers to leadership.

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