Great leadership seems easy when things are good and everybody's happy. When times grow tough, however, a leader's true colors are revealed. Leading through hard times requires resilience and more. There are many things you need to do as a leader: strategize, build relationships, influence others, and get results. But when times are tough, what does your team need from you?

Leading through challenges with resilience allows you to do more than survive in the short-term; it sets you and your team up for success so that they can ultimately thrive. Regardless of your title or industry, one thing is certain: At some point, your team or organization will face adversity.

The key to weathering these inevitable storms?

One of the greatest stories of leadership in difficult times is Winston Churchill during World War II and the bombing of London. As the city was bombed consecutively for 7 nights Churchill, declared, “We will never surrender.” Every time he was seen in public he would hold up his hand in a victory symbol, with the now-famous “V”. People were so lifted up, they began to chip in, care for their neighbors and learn how to nurse and care for people.

Who Should Attend:

  • CFO’s, CEO’s, Board Members
  • Managers, Supervisors
  • Any individual seeking to be a leader


Topics Covered:
This session is designed to address the many complexities of leading during times of crisis. 2020 was an unprecedented year and organizations of all types struggled to balance the proper way to lead their people and strategize their business. In this session, we will discuss some of the most significant keys to maintaining a strong leadership posture during crisis times and onward. It is often said, “Tough times don’t last. Tough people do”. We will explore tactics every person can initiate to navigate through these difficult times.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify and review traits that comprise traditional strong leadership.
  • Discover an understand the importance of empathy.
  • Identify and evaluate numerous actions leaders can take during difficult times.
  • Explore and examine proper communication strategies as our world continues to evolve.
  • Discover and understand how “everyone can participate”.
Last updated/reviewed: March 17, 2024
4 Reviews (18 ratings)


Member's Profile
Lynn, We have done it again 100%. Another great course. I listened to understand without thinking of the reply. This course has comprehensive content touching on what really matters in providing leadership when in challenging times. I will be a better leader now and thank you for the course. Larry

Anonymous Author
Great class with a lot of take aways to help managers better lead during these difficult times. Real life examples and action items during the presentation to help personalize the course.

Anonymous Author
Many of the attributes are needed for being a good manager. It was a good course to highlight these attributes.

Anonymous Author
Was good to hear about how to lead in difficult times, we all live in now.

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
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Course Syllabus
  Introduction to Leading in Difficult Times4:48
  Challenges and Opportunities14:05
  Challenges and Opportunities Cont'd6:51
  Actions Leader can Take in Difficult Times8:10
  Actions Leader can Take in Difficult Times Cont'd13:20
  Real Life Examples7:36
  Strong Leadership Actions13:18
  Keys to Strong Leadership Posture9:19
  How Everyone Can Participate12:53
  Your Challenge5:26
  Leading in Difficult Times1:37:46
  Slides: Leading in Difficult TimesPDF
  Leading in Difficult Times Glossary/ IndexPDF