I sit here typing while in the background on my TV, the Police Chief of Houston is holding a press conference broadcast on a cable news station, sharing with the nation the unselfish sacrifice of Sgt. Steven Perez. Sgt. Perez drowned while attempting to get to work for about 2.5 hours to save the lives of his fellow Houstonians. No greater love …no greater love.
Texas National Guardsmen from the 386th Engineer Battalion work with local emergency workers to rescue residents and animals from severe flooding in Cypress Creek, Aug. 28, 2017. Soldiers, fire fighters, paramedics and neighbors aided more than 1,000 people and hundreds of dogs and cats, evacuating them to dry ground and local shelters. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Martha Nigrelle
Our usual blog posts reflect the natural concerns of leaders who are committed to bringing out the best in their teams. But the events of this weekend and the ongoing disaster unfolding before our eyes in Texas and the greater gulf coast point to another kind of leadership imperative, that of caring for each other in times of need.
There have been many questions raised in our country of late that makes one wonder if we are still a people who care for each other; that makes one wonder if we have lost our way, if we can still be proud citizens of this great nation. The rescue flotilla of civilians that mustered out of a need to assist the official rescue force answer that question for us.
Neighbor helping neighbor, opening their homes to each other, pulling stranded children and the elderly, the scared and the shocked from deep water answer that question.
We are all Texans, we are ALL Americans. We are all HUMAN KIND. Global citizens are proving this truth in ways too numerous to mention, including the convoys of assistance arriving from the “Cajun Navy” of New Orleans, and the extensive immediate support arriving from our closest southern neighbor, Mexico. We mobilize to help each other, no matter what illusions may seem to divide us. That’s what we do. That’s who we really are.
The need is great and getting greater by the hour. The need for true leadership at such a time as this is profound. So, the challenge is this.
How will you choose to answer this call?
How will you lead in your community or your organization at a time like this?
What can you and your community members or team do to have an impact in the face of this overwhelming disaster?
Follow this link to read 10 Leadership Lessons from Hurricane Sandy which offers some powerful leadership strategies for tough times penned by AJO Executive Coach and Senior Consultant, Diana Gáler, after Super Storm Sandy.
We’d like to share what you and your community or organization is doing to provide assistance and hope in response to Harvey in a future post. Please email me (kathy.ajoconnor.com) your stories and ideas that can inspire others.
And, may God reach out his hand through ALL of us bring comfort and visible love in action to those who are suffering.
Kathy Flora is a Career and Executive Coach and AJO Blogger who is actively pursuing her life’s passion, helping others find and fulfill theirs. Known as a positive change agent, mentor and guide, she has assisted hundreds of leaders and their teams understand their strengths, collaborate effectively, and drive organizational success. She has a special affinity for working with virtual teams, using webinars, virtual meet-ups, and online collaborative communities to optimize communication and productivity. Her experience spans over 25 years in executive management and leadership, career development, facilitation, and consulting in private firms, state government, and in federal agencies.