When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the United States and sent much of the country’s workforce remote, many companies had to change much of how they did business. With all the changes, leaders had to look at things differently and evaluate how their style of leadership was going to work in a new remote environment. With many people still working from home, with no end in sight, many leaders are again looking at their leadership tool chest to see what tactics they should leave behind. Below are just a few strategies or philosophies that are being put away by many leaders.
The Suspensions of Traditions and Rituals
There was the tendency of many leaders and companies to put the kibosh on all celebrations and get-togethers because people couldn’t physically get together. In today’s environment, it may actually do good for co-workers to celebrate and join together, even if it is just virtually. Even during all the craziness, some celebration is good for mental health.
Having an Answer for Everything
The pandemic has taught us that there is a lot of uncertainty in this world. Instead of pretending to have all the answers and being definitive on things that may not have concrete answers, it is good for leaders to admit that it is impossible to have all the answers at this time. Whether it is planning to reenter the building safely, or how to manage the needs of employees who have different situations during this time, it is okay to not know.
Many leaders were very smart to stress the importance of being flexible early on. Besides, the ever-changing situation demanded that everyone need to be able to pivot quickly. After a while, however, constantly pivoting can become dizzying. It is a good idea for leaders to look for places where they can provide workers with roots they can use to ground themselves.
Always Exuding Strength
Some leaders may feel like they need to stay strong and steady for their team in the face of all this change and uncertainty. The truth is that certain studies show that leaders who show vulnerability are trusted more by their staff. These same studies show that leaders who are able to do this have a staff that is less stressed and more engaged at work.
Summing it All Up
During a time of great change, it is always good for leadership to periodically evaluate their leadership tactics and see if they are still applicable to what is currently going on. Making these changes may lead to a more harmonious work environment during this chaotic time.