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#10: Jamie McIntosh — How to be a better leader in an extended crisis

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One of the things the coronavirus crisis made clear is the importance of good leadership. 

Specifically, the importance of leaders who communicate openly and honestly and with enough vulnerability to admit what they don’t know.

We sometimes think of leadership as only being important at the board and CEO level, but if you’re listening to this show and you work in the nonprofit and social impact sector, chances are people are relying on you. 

They’re relying on you to be a good teammate, a good friend, a good boss, a good fundraiser. Maybe your family and your kids are relying on you to lead them through this crazy time.

The truth is, we all have a responsibility to lead right now. 

So today on the show we’re talking to Jamie McIntosh, the executive director of partner relations at Compassion Canada — an international development NGO that helps children living in poverty across the world.

Jamie has held senior leadership positions in organizations like World Vision, International Justice Mission and Mercy Ships. 

His work has taken him the world over, and he has experienced what it’s like for organizations and leaders to endure an extended crisis. 

Jamie is going to share with us three principles that can help all of us lead in a time of uncertainty, including:

1.    Why being present is more important than having it all figured out.

2.    How admitting our own fears as leaders might the best most fearless thing we can do right now.

3.    And how finding a little bit of perspective can make the difference between making it as a leader or breaking down.

One of the things I appreciate most about Jamie is his hopeful and redemptive perspective on life, and I think you’ll be encouraged listening to this interview.  

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