Five Ways to Lead With Impact and Speed in a Recovering World
Business disruption due to global crisis have been the norm in past years. Since 2000, many business leaders have fought through diseases, geopolitical, and financial crises. Recovering from a financial crisis is not easy. With the current global pandemic disrupting businesses worldwide, many leaders are looking to previous crises for lessons on how to navigate the epidemic. Unfortunately, business leaders have been given the task of ensuring that their companies survive after the COVID 19 pandemic. Below are five ways to lead your teams with speed and impact in a recovering business world.
1. Trust your team
Trust is considered the catalyst to any recovery, and it’s the glue that holds any relationship together. The task of leading your team through a recovering world is not easy. With the spread of the Corona Virus and the social distancing regulations, most employees are working remotely. Take advantage of the prospects that working from home brings to nurture trust and confidence amongst your team members. The power and trust you give your employees will determine how long the recovery journey will take. When the situation improves and employees go back to the office, you can use the tips you employed during the tough times to nature stronger bonds between you and the employees. Give the employees a platform to share their ideas and solutions to various problems; being a leader doesn’t mean you always have answers to all the problems.
2. Fill in deficit gaps
According to the CFO of M/Group, Julie Spencer, improbability and ambiguity in a business are risky but manageable in the long run. However, business leaders should always keep an eye on the company’s long-term goals. As a leader, you should always look for ways to harness opportunities. As the world recovers, leaders need to understand what brings success to the company while being honest with themselves about their own deficiencies. Good leaders ensure that they know their weaknesses and choose team members who compensate in those areas. Being a leader should not be about managing people; it should be about managing the business process. The team members will manage themselves.
3. Involve your team in the process
During the pandemic, many businesses have resulted in stringent measures such as laying-off employees. Involving your employees in the business process will improve their confidence in the company and alleviate the worries brought on by uncertainties. Acknowledge and celebrate smaller accomplishments and successes with the employees to build morale. Involving your team should also include empowering them to come up with solutions to problems. This will refocus their thinking from what is wrong with the business process to what is possible.
4. Focus on the future
Every individual is focused on the present problems- how to survive the pandemic. Optimism and hope are essential for any company. You can start by calling a catch-up meeting with your team every week to discuss the company’s future, what to do when faced with challenges, and make plans for after the economy recovers. Let the team members also chip in and give their opinions. This can be an excellent way to deal with work-related stress and restore hope to your employees.
5. Delegate decision-making to other employees
The COVID-19 pandemic will change how companies will be conducting businesses in the future. According to Forbes, some companies will reduce bureaucracy, experience growth, and increase their speed. It’s also predicted that companies will increase efficiency by eliminating unnecessary processes and systems, delegating decision-making, and empowering their employees to enhance growth in the new market. Putting the heavyweight of decision-making responsibility on one person will be a thing of the past. Leaders will now focus on other important things such as nurturing employees and creating a healthy working environment.