A humble invisible pathogen is revealing many truths about leadership.
Speed matters. Covid-19 spreads fast because it multiplies with normal human interaction. Controlling its outcomes calls for fast decisions not planning bureaus. This does not mean action without thinking, it means fast thinking and fast action. Moving ahead imperfectly is better than perfectly stalling, good leaders have already understood this.
Versatility matters. Leaders should be both authoritative and empowering. There are moments for barking out orders and moments of sharing opinions, moments where micro-management is crucial and moments where it is best to hand over full control. Adaptability is surely a mark of good leadership.
Co-operation matters. Even the most rugged individualists accept that the challenge of the day can only be confronted by working with other people, other organizations, other communities, other countries, sharing know-how and solutions. A spirit of compassion and collaboration goes much farther than one of competition and confrontation. Good leaders profoundly understand this and act giving credence to virtue or αρετή as described by Plato in ancient Athens.
In what ways are you co-operating with others in the heyday of the coronavirus?
Keynote speaker, author, trainer and consultant in Leadership, Creativity & Innovation.
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