While you may have been a good leader before the coronavirus pandemic, you may find that your approach isn’t effective in a post-lockdown world. A good leader will recognize that times have changed, and they will adjust their approach accordingly. If you’re unsure of how you should change your leadership style, the following suggestions may help.
Act With a Greater Sense of Urgency
While it’s nice to have as much information as possible, the onset of the pandemic has taught us that it’s a luxury we can no longer afford. In today’s world, acting quickly and decisively is essential. You can save time, money and possibly spare a health crisis by acting within a few seconds of learning about a crisis. You should act on whatever information is available to you at that moment. As new facts come to light, you can always modify your response.
Be Honest and Transparent
In the past, being less than honest with your employees might not have caused much harm in the long run, but that’s another thing that has changed. The pandemic has created a state of economic uncertainty that we’re all still enduring. Even though being forthright and honest with your employees may mean telling them things they don’t want to hear, it will help them to better prepare for the future. In the end, they will appreciate your transparency.
Ditch the Blame Game
When it comes to responding with mistakes, a popular management policy of the past was to first identify the guilty party and administer disciplinary action. Today, we recognize that this approach to mistakes accomplishes little and ends up unnecessarily wasting time. Instead, a good post-pandemic leader will recognize the mistake and concentrate their efforts on adjusting the course. Instead of holding up productivity, it’s better to alter the team’s strategy to accommodate the consequences of the mistake.
As a leader in the new post-pandemic world, you can help yourself lead more efficiently by being more open with your team. An outbreak can occur within your organization at any time, but if your team is kept informed about the major challenges your organization faces, they will respond with better efficiency to a new crisis. When you have a planned response in place, and your team is aware of that strategy, less time will be wasted in confusion.