When the pandemic started in March, few expected us to still be feeling the detrimental physical, mental and economic effects by November. While there are talks of and progress towards a vaccine, it appears that we’ll still be seeing significant change and adjustment to our everyday lives as we move through 2021. In addition to COVID-19, there is political and social unrest and natural disasters around the world. This results in an overall feeling of uneasiness and in some cases, helplessness.
During these unsettling times, people look to the leaders in their lives more than ever. As a manager, boss or business owner, you are in a unique position to support the people on your team in staying calm, planning for the future and moving forward with great anticipation of what is possible. Here you will find a few tips that you may find helpful.
Tip #1: Make Decisions with Speed Over Precision
This may be a surprising one to hear, but at times when things are changing quickly or news is traveling fast, being a decisive, quick-to-act leader can go a long way. Despite the temptation to become passive, confused and distracted, the best leaders remain focused on their vision and making a difference in the lives of those they love, lead and serve.
These leaders will:
- Quickly process information they have been given.
- Determine what matters most for not only the overall organization but the team as well.
- Make decisions with confidence and conviction.
When the future is uncertain and you aren’t sure where your business is headed or what exactly is happening in the world, it can be easy to get stuck in the moment and overwhelmed by fear and anxiety.
But as a strong leader, you have the opportunity to keep your team focused and excitedly moving forward towards short and long-term goals.
Tip #2: Embrace Bold Changes
Strong leaders are visionaries. They work to stay on top and ahead of big changes - making them better prepared for what could be coming.
But the truth is, just because you’re in charge doesn’t always mean you have the answers. Effective leaders know their limits and recognize the need to tap into the knowledge and talents of others when necessary.
As a leader who isn’t afraid to boldly adopt changes, you’re able to:
- Minimize legacy thinking and change the “old way” of doing something (if it’s no longer working).
- Recognize mistakes and quickly change course.
- Communicate effectively with team members in order to better assess and lead in all aspects of your company. A big part of communication is listening, which is an area upon which we can all improve.
Tip #3: Be Reliable in Delivering Results
Strong leaders take personal responsibility and ownership during turbulent times - even if many of the situations are out of their control.
During times of uncertainty, you should strive to:
- Stay alert and aligned with your team’s objectives by checking in on your team and daily priorities.
- Set Key Performance Indicators and determine the most effective way to measure these metrics. They should be monitored and reported on regularly.
- Keep your own mental health and stamina in check, ensuring you are alert, level-headed and ready to tackle the challenges ahead.
Tip #4: Engage With Your Team
Connecting and communicating with your team are more important than ever during a time of crisis. You have the awareness to know that each member of your team is affected directly by the changing world around them - and that each is handling it in their own way. With the understanding that your employees are feeling stressed and uncertain, it’s important that you take the time needed to effectively connect and communicate with them on a regular basis.
Making sure your team is okay personally is one thing, but connecting and making sure everything is running smoothly at work as your firm moves forward is crucial.
Your leadership skills should enable you to:
- Connect with each team member individually and make sure everything is okay with them.
- Ensure separate teams are engaging and communicating effectively.
- Ask for help when needed.
- Balance your focus between your clients or customers and your team, as both need extra communication and support during times of difficulty.
This year has been anything but ordinary, as millions of people continue to struggle around the world. Many businesses have had to adapt to the “new normal” as companies continue to conduct business remotely or in a different way. Now is the time for leaders to step up and lead their teams through this turbulent year and days to come, so that they can emerge even stronger than they were before the pandemic.
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