Leadership in times of crisis: POWER MOVES

Updated: Jul 30

In South Florida, the Champlain Towers South, a 12-story beachfront condominium in Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed. Some leaders have risen to the challenge of dealing with the crisis while others have not.

Leadership matters each and every day, but it matters most in times of crisis. The worst seems to be human or natural disasters, and thus good leadership in a time of crisis becomes all the more essential. Disasters, especially those of epic proportions can make, bend or even break a leader. In this age of COVID-19, Hurricanes, humanitarian disasters and others have tested leaders to the max.

Among the key pillars to effective leadership during a crisis are clear communication, honesty, transparency and empathy for those in need. Here we will put our scope on Miami–Dade County 1st Woman Mayor Daniella Levin Cava, who has been navigating the community through this tragedy.


Clear communication is one of the most essential elements of leadership during a crisis. Mayor Cava has been a consistent communicator, keeping her communities, employees and citizens informed and up to date as the issues unfolded.

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, 65, has become the face of the response to the catastrophe in Surfside, Florida. She has dealt with the gut-wrenching task of soothing victims and residents while consistently explaining the work of first responders and deliver agonizing news to the media and community at large about the missing and the dead.

Those you lead want to know that the information they are receiving is honest, clear, transparent and that those delivering the message show empathy. No matter how bad the situation, when the messengers demonstrate they care, their message will be better received. Mayor Levine Cava, has been an example of strong effective leadership during this recent crisis in Surfside. She has exemplified all the attributes of sound leadership in a time of unimaginable crisis and kept her community informed.

Mayor Cava is on a world stage, and her steady hand, sharing the hard honest truth with frequent social media updates, press conferences, and messages from the experts has been a source of comfort for many of the families impacted.

Mayor Daniella is a source of pride and inspiration to young women and aspiring leaders everywhere. As you learn more about Mayor Cava and other leaders like her, take note of your own region's leaders and what qualities they exude. What is in fact, their leadership style and does that align with the needs of your community. For more leadership tips and strategies, stay connected to Power Moves on Infocus TV.


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