In late December 2019, a new coronavirus called COVID-19 emerged and has since spread to nearly every community around the world. The quick, vast spread of COVID-19 has led many of these communities to go into lockdown. In the United States, many states ordered non-essential businesses to close until the spread slowed down. As a result of the loss of revenue, countless businesses have been experiencing ongoing hardships. Leaders, in particular, have been significantly affected, as they are responsible for keeping business and its employees safe. While it can be difficult to know the right answers to the situation, leaders should consider the following steps to help them adapt during the coronavirus.
Don’t Be Scared Of Disruption
While the idea of disruption can seem intimidating in the professional world, it is not something that should be feared. In recent years, the workforce has seen significant disruption in every industry from things like the evolution of technology. Leaders should embrace the idea of disruption, and figure out how to use it to your business’s advantage, as this can lead to innovative solutions.
Be Firm & Decisive
When business experiences difficult times, employees will often look to their leader for support. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to be firm and decisive in your actions as a leader, as this can provide the comfort your employees need. Leaders who are unable to make decisions during difficult times could increase the unease that employees are feeling. Having a well thought out plan of action can bring much-needed comfort to employees in the current situation.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has greatly affected how both communities and businesses function around the world. For example, there are countless professionals who are working from home for the first time and may need time to adjust to the new schedule. This is one of the ways that you can help your employees as a leader. By providing additional flexibility during this unprecedented time can help employees feel more comfortable and optimistic about working remotely. Additionally, being flexible as a leader makes it easier to adjust to unexpected events in the future, as you will have a better understanding of how to respond.
While there continues to be a lot of businesses experiencing hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, leaders can follow these tips to get adapted to the current situation. To learn more about leadership, visit Kevin Ortzman’s blog at KevinOrtzman.com.