The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the world into a prolonged crisis, with people turning to their leaders to guide them through it—but what does effective leadership look like? A panel of experts, including Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Sarah Stuart-Black and Dame Therese Walsh explored this question in a unique webinar,
We highly recommend watching the recorded webinar if you couldn't join us.
A few key lessons we took away:
- Be authentic, open, honest, deliberate, decisive.
- Balance talking about the crisis today with the vision for the days ahead - give people a vision to work towards.
- Put people first
- Ensure you have strong relationships before a crisis - you will likely need to draw on existing networks and ask people/teams to do things they wouldn’t normally be asked to do.
- Leadership is an invitation to collective action – provide a clear and common purpose and vision to the people you lead.
- Enable and empower those around you to lead without permission – you can’t do everything.
- Provide opportunities to take a breath when things are feeling difficult – step away, unpack the issues and then tackle one piece at a time. The impossible, will quickly become possible.
- it's ok to not be ok – humanise the experience, share the good and bad, support each other.