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After a turbulent year in 2020, many business leaders are looking forward to the new year and the opportunities it may bring. With high hopes to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control in 2021, businesses should prepare for shifts in how they function. In order to get the most out of the new year, leaders should be aware of some of the most important leadership trends to expect in 2021. 

Continued Remote Work
Given that the COVID-19 pandemic is still significantly impacting daily life, it is likely not surprising that remote work will continue to be prominent in 2021. Leaders and managers alike should be prepared to manage employees who work from home, especially for industries that are able to function remotely. In addition to managing employees’ work, it is also important to create remote team-building activities throughout each quarter. This can help ensure that a team maintains a strong relationship from home. 

Expectations For Faster Results
The continued evolution of technology has helped businesses around the world work at faster rates than ever before. As a result of this, the expectations for faster results have only continued to grow, putting additional pressure on businesses to perform. Leaders need to understand how to not only improve speeds on the services or products offered, but they should also put a support system in place as well. Having a strong support system can make quicker deadlines and a faster workplace easier to manage.

More Focus On Well-Being
The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses and individuals alike to significantly shift how they function on a day-to-day basis. A combination of stress from changing schedules and the impact of the pandemic head led to higher levels of stress with individuals around the world, making it important for leaders to be prepared to provide support for employees’ well-being. Leaders should provide additional support and flexibility to its employees throughout the year, especially as the pandemic continues. Additionally, it will be beneficial for leaders to provide mental-health resources for employees that are easily accessible. 

As businesses continue to adapt to ongoing changes, following these tips can help make the new year as smooth as possible. Learn more about important leadership tips and trends by visiting Kevin Ortzman’s blog at

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