The way of everyday life post-pandemic is still uncertain. As coronavirus continues to affect people, the pandemic’s full impact on our businesses, economy and overall stability is still undecided. But to get through this with even the slightest hope for a positive future, we need to focus on logical and value-driven leadership right now.
Here are a few ways to exercise control, even in the middle of everything that’s currently going on:
Discuss problems and solutions with your team
In these unprecedented times, not all problems have easy solutions. Moreover, no one has undergone these crises before, nor do they have all the right answers. Capitalise on this unique trait and focus on combating problems together. Empower teams to think innovatively instead of lobbying hard single-handedly for a solution. Tackling high levels of complexity requires a diverse pool of logical thinkers. With different perspectives brought to the table, chances are, finding a solution gets easier.
This pandemic has highlighted the absolute need for adaptive leadership. Things are changing across the globe at a relentless pace. Today’s reality is strikingly different from yesterday’s. Being open to change, encouraging innovative solutions and learning is the need of the hour. The pace at which leaders respond to these ongoing crises will have a profound impact on the teams and the organization. Hence, as a leader, it is vital to adapt and encourage your teams to view disruption as an opportunity and not a threat.
Think global, start local
Chart out a clear plan for your organization. Have a strategic thought process in place and sketch out detailed plans for the short-term, keeping in mind that things are most likely to change in varying degrees over some time. Stay focused on bringing your A-game on a daily and weekly basis. Don’t hesitate to revise plans and strategies as and when necessary, as strategies ought to evolve with the crises. Look for solutions that help you in the short term, and look to make a difference to those closest to you. Don’t worry about long term impact. Have a weekly or even a day-to-day strategy. If your teams are able to perform well every day, they will be bound to create a lasting impact.
Manage the stress
There is no denying that leaders are experiencing substantial stress in the current situation. Given the uncertainty of the circumstances, having to make crucial business decisions without clear indications of a positive outcome, can be daunting.
Leaders are most likely selfless in their pursuit of success. Though this is an undeniably strong trait to have, it can get taxing on the brain and body. Work on an effective coping mechanism to manage stress. Have a larger purpose, to help you stay grounded and most importantly, draw upon your teams and community for support.
There is no 101 guide for leadership, especially in the face of a global pandemic. But one thing is for sure, leaders, no matter how successful, have to continually reinvent themselves to avoid stagnation and or even being irrelevant. So, hang in there and be your best while making steady progress daily.