Leadership In The Time Of COVID-19
Mark Nevins, Contributor
The reality of life post-COVID-19 has not fully sunk in yet, and its consequences for our businesses, organizations, economy, and society will play out over the rest of 2020 and beyond. Right now, we really need sober, smart, values-driven, and focused leadership. Remember the old adage, “Crisis does not build character, it reveals it.”
Educate yourself. Be flexible, be adaptive, and be willing to make difficult choices. Anchore everything in what’s most important: the safety of everyone you’re responsible for. Build a clear plan. Be sure to leverage your team – you’re not alone. Over-invest in communication. Be judicious in your formal communication to the whole company. Find new ways to create connections. Be authentic, and don’t hide bad news. And most of all, manage yourself. Your a human being. Take time to make sure you yourself are as prepared and focused as you can be. Stay balanced: get exercise, eat properly and make time for the people who are most important to you. Show how your company can balance the needs of and commitments to all stakeholders – your customers, employees, suppliers, and local communities.