Breaking the chain

They say every crisis is a leadership opportunity. Yours has arrived. COVID-19 has taken over our lives for a good measure and the onus is onto each one of us to break this chain and get to stability sooner than it’s too late. You can take extreme measures or perhaps what makes the most sense for now — stay at home and practise self-restraint.

Don’t worry about stocking up things for the next 6 months. You don’t have to. Just ensure you’ve got enough to last a month, which is what most households do while shopping for groceries anyway. The keyword being “enough” and not “plenty.” Most grocers will be happy to deliver stuff to you at a small charge or perhaps you can pre-order and pick it up yourself without waiting in a queue or unnecessarily risking exposure.

Besides the above, you don’t have a solid reason to go outside. Unless, of course, you’re either infected or in pain due to something else (perhaps an injury). While “waiting out the pain” sound like an appealing option, I think you’re better off getting it checked by a medical profession. It’s the practical thing to do but you will have to thoroughly plan your visit to the doctor and take precautions nonetheless.

Of course, if you’re one of those without options like working for an organisation that hasn’t really warmed-up to working-from-home idea, I feel sorry for you. Your number one goal is to stay safe and healthy all through this crises. Do your best to practise general and respiratory hygiene while observing social (physical) distancing. And once this is all over, perhaps, you might want to revaluate your career options with your organisation.

At the end of the day, staying safe and healthy is a leadership call that you’ve got to make. Your decision will impact not just you but your loved ones and the people around you. Be the change. Break this chain. Lead from home.

By Sunil Nair

Nurturing leaders of tomorrow.

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