Today, leaders need to offer empowerment and growth opportunities for their people and bring their teams together
The COVID-19 pandemic has created hard times that have made efficient leadership crucial. Great leaders will be recognized if they get desired results and influence other leaders for the same.
Leaders reinforce core competencies and company values and reassure the success of an organization. Effective leaders inspire people based on the power of a challenging future. They are present, visible, and authentic. They should ensure accessibility and availability. These are tough times, when information – correct or incorrect, can become overwhelming. Employees depend on leaders to put information in the context of what it means for their company. They need to live up to that expectation.
Another quality of a great leader is to provide challenge, empowerment, and accountability. On the one hand, leaders need to give their team opportunities to work through challenges, while they must also be held accountable. In the time of crisis, it is crucial for employees to feel valued and know their work matters, and makes a difference. True leaders work towards removing barriers for the success of their team members and also stand by them if they fail. They provide new opportunities for their teams and companies.
Another important trait of a great leader is to advocate for their teams and highlight their achievements. They create conditions for their employees to receive recognition and respect across the organization. Leadership is not easy, but in difficult times such as the present, true leaders must make tough decisions. It may even mean salary cuts or asking good team members to work without pay due to business pressures and they should be ready for that.
The COVID-19 pandemic has provided opportunities for leaders to create new work experiences. Leaders must provide a clear sense of reality and offer hope. They must make tough decisions with compassion and drive the business. It is crucial to show leadership in tough times, and those who are ready to take on the challenge will have an incredible opportunity to reimagine a bright new future of work.