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John C. Maxwell: How to Be Confident in a Crisis


“He who smiles in a crisis has found someone to blame.”

I laughed when I came across this quote because, like anything that humors us, this saying has an element of truth to it. Sometimes the only person thinking positively about a crisis is doing so because he has figured out why it’s not his own fault.

But there are many reasons to think positively in times of crisis. For one thing, within every problem we can find the seeds of opportunity. They might seem small, especially when compared with the enormity of the crisis. But opportunity exists nonetheless.

Furthermore I believe great leaders can handle any crisis with confidence and grace. We might not feel like smiling, but we move forward with the knowledge that a solution is available and attainable. The key to managing crises with confidence is to be thoroughly prepared in order to make informed decisions.

If you are a leader, you know a crisis is never far away. Use the following tips to face an upcoming crisis with the maximum amount of confidence.

1. Prepare for every possibility.

2. Define reality.

3. Communicate often.

4. Learn to grow.

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