As we are all witnessing the world responding to the Coronavirus threat, leadership is one aspect that is being tested to its limits. From navigating through unexplored territories such as budget-cutting and making unimaginable changes, every day brings new challenges and tasks that we have not ever dealt with and leading a company with these new challenges can be ever so frustrating. So how would you deal with the new everyday problems that we face amidst so much uncertainty? Here we have listed down 3 things leaders can do to navigate through this unforeseen crisis and come out stronger than ever.
𝗕𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗹𝘆 𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺
In this time of crisis, there is no time for denial. Accept the hard truths and communicate the brutal facts directly with your members. As the leader, you must have confidence that this situation will pass and you will all get through this. Building trust with your team and having their backs in this time of need is crucial in keeping your company afloat even after the crisis.
𝗗𝗼 𝘃𝗶𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺-𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴
As more and more companies are encouraging employees to work from home, the virtual-team building becomes an essential part of keeping the company alive. When there is a significant reduction in the personal contact each employee has with the other, you will need to look for more creative ways to stay connected. Think outside the box on ways to keep your members motivated and productive. Incorporating time for one-on-one check-ins and having weekly virtual calls with your employees so they can voice out their concerns is crucial in leading your company through this crisis.
𝗟𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗯𝗲𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗼𝗻
Incorporate training and learning as you are going through this crisis. Take this time as an opportunity to train your employees and figure out ways you can improve the company as soon as the dust starts settling. Try to have brain-storming sessions on strategies for grabbing the right investor when the times comes for it. Stay vigilant and alert on options that will bring your company to new heights as things return to normal.
As leaders, you won’t know what the new normal holds. All that is left to do is be prepared so you can tackle whatever the future brings. Most importantly, keep your team alert and ready to face the unknown as what we are already going through right now may be the biggest leadership challenge we might have to face.