Five ways coronavirus has changed the leadership role

  • A consequence of COVID-19, leaders need to use their EQ to understand each person's situation, their pressures, their priorities, and their values
  • Having remote teams necessitates leaders stepping back from the work and letting their people manage it for themselves.
  • Your purpose is the driver, and it's what will hold your team together.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our expectations of the leadership role. The swiftness of change and the uncertainty it inflicted on us has altered our values. We're seeing leadership in a new light. Existing leaders now need to reassess their roles in response to the change.

There are five major shifts in thinking and values, which will forever change the leadership role.

1. Shift in the perception of 'valuable' employees

Businesses have realised the importance of their front-line teams in getting things done. Without the efforts of these people, who are often at the lower end of the pay scale, many businesses couldn't have continued. In an essay by Kramer and Kramer, they pose the question, how are individual perceptions of meaningful work and calling in certain occupations influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic? It's only when a crisis hits that the glory of some roles loses out to those which were considered lowly or mundane. Ask yourself, who would be most important to you now — someone who deliver the materials/tools/information that you need or your CEO? Where is the value now?

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