There is no secret that Bosses were replaced by Leaders some time ago. To run a successful business all must work for one, and one for all. Yes, exactly like the musketeers. The art and science of leadership can be a tough task, and not everyone is built to do that. When life changes the requirement for the role modifies too. Our work lives are changing massively. As we are adapting to a hybrid and work from home model Leaders and Managers need to gain new skills and learn new secrets. So, let’s see what great leadership looks like in the new, post-Covid era.
People Come First
Great performance is more than ever based on empowering your people. Leadership is the ability to create an atmosphere where the individual feels valuated, trusted and important. Providing support and understanding of others’ wellbeing allows employees to thrive and reach their highest potential. Do you know why Mark Aslett of Mercury Systems became the best CEO? He took care of his employees by funding $1 million for covid relief. This not only made everyone happy but also resulted in a 22% increase in his company’s revenue.
During the pandemic we got used to our freedom and independent time/work management. Leaders must adapt to the new normal and consider employees needs and wants more than ever before.
The times of the unknown taught us a great lesson – nothing ever stays the same. The only way of survival is an adaptation to constantly changing circumstances. CEOs must realise that years of experience and trained thinking are losing their power. It is time to open up for new ideas, perceptions and innovations. It is time to speak to your people and truly listen to what they have to say and offer. Today all the power hides in strong cooperation, teamwork and unbiased decision making.
Also, agility is about finding the compromise that works for everyone. Today, leaders work for employees and not all the way around. If they are capable to create the best circumstance for a worker to do their best job- the desired success is just around the corner. For example, if the designer is at his creative peak at 8 pm – modify and adapt to his work schedule in order to receive the best ideas.
Connect To Diverse Teams
The pandemic has enabled us to work independently, when and where it works best for us. That created hybrid working within organisations. New task for the manager –to connect everyone from everywhere. Time to integrate new tools, new approaches that would enable all the departments to share information and cooperate efficiently. Leaders have turned on their creativity in order to mimic physical workplaces, stay in tune with their team and stay in control of supporting everyone’s needs and wants.
The new post-covid era requires new and innovative leadership. It is crucial more than ever to your people first and starts working for them. Empathy, agility, and support are key attributes that will create loyalty, efficient cooperation and determine overall business success. Think differently, be open to new tools and technologies and listen carefully to your employees. It’s the new secret of the leadership of the new era.