Winnie Hart, an Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) Global Board Director and member in Houston, is an author, keynote speaker, brand strategist and CEO of TwinEngine and Brand in the Box. We asked Winnie about her experience with leading leaders through crisis. Here's what she had to say.

1. Connect With Your Core.

When the world is in crisis, leaders are expected to act. The eyes of your followers are on you, looking for guidance. Your words and actions are especially important at this moment. Before you speak or act, take time to connect with your personal truths, inner values, and purpose. The things that make you who you are, be more of those. Those qualities that people already appreciate and respect in you as a leader, align your thoughts and energy with that. When you speak and act from a place of deep purpose and higher mission, you will connect with the strength and stability that will inspire and motivate others to greatness.

2. Be Calm. Be Present.

Your composure as a leader affects your followers and all those you interact with. To help others, take care of yourself mentally and physically so you can be fully present and fully effective. Take whatever time you need to find your inner place of peace and calm. When the world around you is in chaos and crisis, project the strength and peace that you are inside, and your words and actions will instill calm in others.

3. Tell The Truth. Act On Facts.

In any world crisis, there may be miscommunications and confusion. Your role as a leader is to be a source of clear, honest, and factual information that others can rely on as true and actionable because your words will travel, be repeated and acted on. Explain the circumstances as you know it, in a straightforward manner, focusing on positive steps you and others can take to deal with and weather the situation. Choose your words thoughtfully and purposefully and communicate clearly and often.

4. You Don't Know What You Don't Know.

You can't always see a crisis developing, so there will be situations in which you must make a decision even though you feel you don't have all the information you need. Still, you know who you are, you know what you stand for, and you can trust your intuitive inner compass. My dad used to tell my twin sister and me, "Winnie and Lorrie, you don't know what you don't know." He repeated it day after day, and we had no idea what he meant. Now, as an adult and a business leader, I finally get it. You can never have all the information you want, but if you speak and act honestly from your heart and your personal knowledge and wisdom, you can overcome fear of the unknown with a certainty of the known.

5. Be Positive. Focus On The Big Picture.

It's crucial for leaders to be optimistic. Your thoughts and words create a ripple effect on the people around you. What you say and how you act in turbulent times can have an even greater impact. Positive thoughts and actions focus on strengths, successes, opportunities, and collaboration. Project positive energy, confidence and purpose and you will help create trust, hope, and optimism in others. In any crisis, instead of focusing on details, step back, observe and focus on the bigger picture and you will gain clarity about the effect you want to make.

6. Listen With An Open Mind.

To understand others and their needs, LISTEN. True listening takes focus, concentration and a willingness to be open to new information and feedback. Listening shows others that you genuinely care and relate to their perspective. Pay attention to your audience's behaviors and acknowledge their feelings. Remember, listening isn't about what you want, or how you wish to be understood. It's about what your followers need and what they hear and understand. Make eye contact and don't interrupt someone speaking. If you're unsure what you heard, ask questions. Precise questions show that you're listening and that you're receiving and considering what the other said.

7. Be The Leader You Are Meant To Be--Lead.

Finally, as a leader, it's your role and responsibility to lead. It is what you are meant to do. And it is what others expect. When faced with a crisis or an unknown future, make necessary decisions and act from within yourself, using your courage, intuition, emotional intelligence, and integrity as your compass to navigate troubled times. Leaders don't panic; they make a plan. They keep their cool, maintain an open mind, and make decisions based on facts and experience while in service of others. Effective leaders look for the opportunities in troubled times to transform the world around them into something better with the help of those they serve.

Today, more than ever, the world needs better leaders--are you willing to stand up, speak your truth, rise above chaos and be the positive change you want to see in the world?