Yesterday, I shared a brand-new teaching on Facebook about what the best leaders do well during a crisis. As we all find our way through these rapidly changing times, I’m committed to sharing my thoughts with you as often as I can and using every tool at my disposal to provide practical teachings that help you.

Below you’ll find the video I shared yesterday, as well as a short fill-in-the-blank outline to help you keep track of the main teaching points. I hope you’ll watch because I believe it will add value to your leadership during the days ahead.

I love you, and together we will get through this.

3 Crisis Comments:

  1. A crisis ______________ us.
  2. A crisis reveals who the ___________ ______________ are.
  3. A crisis tests a leader’s _________________.

Crisis Leaders:

  1. Understand _______________________.
  2. Embrace ______________ ______________________.
  3. Communicate ________________________.
  4. Think _________________________.
  5. Embrace __________________________.
  6. Show ____________________________.
  7. Focus on ____________________________ change.

Answer Key:

moves; real leaders; competence; context; good values; effectively; creatively; technology; humility; constructive


  1. Aggrey Simiyu on April 8, 2020 at 9:33 am

    This is a great lesson of my life”crisis leader “.As a pastor I’m encouraged and changed to keep moving forward with the flock always expect positive ending despite the current circumstances. May Jehovah continually bless Dr. John.

    • Stanley Louis on April 27, 2020 at 3:11 am

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  2. Lisa Marie Fisher on April 8, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Thank you sir!
    that was extremely poignant and uplifting! I needed that.

  3. Gabriel on April 8, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks John!

  4. Kathy Bonney on April 8, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you John, once again you have fed my soul. That is what makes me a better person, better equipped to meet adversity and handle it well. It is the tool box for fixing life, leading others, adding value as I go through my day. When my soul is fed I can conquer my fears. Thank you!

  5. Belal, Abu on April 10, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks, John. We all are reacting to the current crisis. I have not found any leader talking about how to apply leadership in the current crisis prior to coming to this blog. Thanks for doing it.

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  8. Rashid on April 19, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    thanks for sharing your wonderful insights which is much needed in hard times to give me poignant to evaluate myself am i real leader who has competence to communicate effectively .

  9. Fana Nelson on April 20, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Excellent teachings!
    It moved me in so many ways that I am doing some self introspection as a leader.

    Thank you J.C.M

  10. Natalie Mich on April 23, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Loved this, thank you!

  11. Tom Beck on April 25, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Thank you, John, for giving us needed steps to guide our organizations and churches through during this time of crisis. It is definitely a challenge to lead through this and to daily adapt as we learn more facts and gather more information. Obviously, all of us have had to embrace technology for every purpose of our organization, including communication and leadership development. I’ve found it challenging to connect through Zoom, FaceTime and Skype because, as we all know and as John said, “it’s not the same.” So rather than focus on what we cannot change, we need to embrace the challenges for what they are and continue to use the technology that we have to connect with the leaders we are trying to develop through the mediums we have available.

    John has always talked about the great “mo” (motivation) and how critical it is to staying on mission and keeping forward progress going. He talks about “failing forward” and not allowing mistakes and failures to get us off mission. I’m finding it challenging to not allow the distractions and hardships to totally redirect our church, and especially our leadership development plans, off of the purposes that we have. I’m trying to continue to develop our leaders and work on more long-term development, yet we are forced to be focusing most of our effort on what’s going on right now. The leaders that we are working on developing are consumed with today’s events and not seeing the bright future that John talked about in this video.

    How would you envision that occurring? How do we allow our folks to work through the issues at hand with the virus while at the same time keeping momentum going in developing our next generation of leaders?

    Since I am a Pastor and a person of faith, I’m concentrating my energy on the apostle Paul’s writing in Romans 5:3-4 which says, “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope.” The troubles of this present time are producing in us, as leaders, the ability to persevere through it, developing in us a new character traits and that is giving us hope for a much greater future ahead.

  12. Stanley Louis on April 27, 2020 at 2:42 am

    So happy to hook up. Have read some of your books and have gained quite a lot. (Inspirational, Educative and Thought provoking)

  13. Faye E. Evans on April 27, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you. Very informative & inspirational. I am currently reading “Leader Shift.” It is very powerful. I have to take my time and read it thoroughly because the entire book is powerful! I am applying it to my real estate business, philanthropy, and personal & familyrelationships.
    Faye E. Evans, Realtor, RENE
    Atlanta, GA

  14. Lidia Prado on April 30, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Riveting message!! Thank you John On point.

  15. Chinonyem on May 3, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Powerful as always.

    I am always taken aback by how humble John Maxwell is.

    For me, the biggest take-away in this session is understanding context (awareness, anticipation, agility) and creative thinking (strong conviction that there is always an answer).

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  17. T’Alisha on May 6, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Fantastic perspective as always, John!
    I will be sharing these points with my sphere of influence. Holy Spirit inspired me to share the same notion of choice in the middle of stress, bitter or better? I looked you up today to see what you had to say regarding Covid-19, I can always trust that you will lead with a sensible, God-centered perspective.
    Thank you, mentor/brother/friend! ?
    T’Alisha Morrow

  18. Anne Ruth on May 8, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you, John.
    This is so transformative!

  19. David on May 19, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Nice points as always!
    Leaders nowadays are becoming great but some of them are losing the ability to pass their strategies/learnings with their employees/subordinates. It’s important to realize the benefits of learning and development in a corporate setup. Digitization has disrupted the old fashioned way of training but it also speeds up the process and improves the effectiveness when implemented properly.

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  21. Christian on May 31, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    Wonderful always on point John c maxwell.

  22. David Nwoye on June 2, 2020 at 2:53 am

    Well, It has been great knowing John Maxwell through his teachings and websites.

  23. Zohaib Butt on July 28, 2020 at 8:45 am

    John, Great learning outcomes ready to unleash the potential. I love to read your blogs.

  24. Vanessa on August 23, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you very much, Sir.

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