The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we see life, be it from a business perspective or a professional. It has created a downturn and some great business hiccups, which require some unique leadership tactics.
Leaders need to motivate and inspire during this time of crisis. Let’s hear out from some amazing leaders on what skills they learned during this pandemic!
Aravind Warrier – Human Resources Director at RapidValue
Three lessons that have helped me throughout this pandemic
- When it comes to emotions – Role of empathy, kindness and compassion in the workplace.
- When it comes to productivity – Role of effective, timely and sustainable communication to bring and drive engagement at work.
- When it comes to learning – Role of upskilling, reskilling and cross-skilling in the current scenario.
George Koshy – Founder & CEO – LetsSolv
- Resilience, patience, empathy and Definitive decision-making possibly are the greatest lessons at these times.
- Resilience to not let go, Empathy with which you act, and taking quick and definitive decisions that let you stay in course to achieve your end objective.
- I can’t remember any other time (at least in my lifetime) where Leadership skills have been put to the test as it is now and therefore also a test on yourself.
Raina Khatri Tandon – Founder and CEO of Right2rise®
There are several things that I have learned during this pandemic, and to note down a few:
- Trust is the basis for HR growth in the pandemic in organizations.
- Be agile and resilient to people who grow with you and around you.
- Ignite and empower by giving fuel to their creative idea and building inclusiveness.
- Courageous and inside-out leadership works strong, sailing through challenging times.
- Patience, perseverance and motivation are key to make your people’s move to motion.
Patrick Bensen – Founder and Director of Leaders of Tomorrow Institute
Leadership will have to change and adapt to 3 realities:
- The workplace has changed. Hybrid or remote work is the new normal, and leaders will need to find a new way to guide people while motivating them and taking care of their mental health.
- New generation workers are searching for a complete life solution, not just a job, and leaders need to rethink their packages to attract new talents.
- New Leaders need to be skilled with Cultural Diversity, basic human Psychology, World history because the workplace will be more diverse than ever before. Fuelled by compassion, they would guarantee employee’s personal development under their leadership.
Vinaychandran PS – Manager HR at the New Indian Express
- The outbreak of Covid-19 and the global shutdown has allowed them to learn new things and unlearn the practices acquired over their lifetime.
- HR seems to be the first one to adopt any change in the workplace and make others follow. It is nothing but the foremost necessity of following the basic practice of SMS to prevent any spread of the pandemic and protect the workforce.
- Also, with the support of the technical departments, the organizations could switch over to the art of technology facilities within no time. The avenues of HR have been widened due to the outbreak of Pandemic that shook the whole of humankind, and they have remained to reign as the link between the establishment and the employees, and it is going to continue.
Resilience and empathy have been among the most common skills that leaders have learned in this pandemic because they will help hold the organization together as a team. So what did you learn as a leader during these hardships, do let us know in the comments below?