We’re expecting leaders to be super heroes and very few are able to live up to our extremely high expectations. The increasing disparity between executive pay and that of the average worker isn’t helping. It’s a tough role in ordinary times and near impossible in these extraordinary times.
Isn’t it time we called a truce? An end to this need for leaders to be super human? Isn’t it enough to be a human leader?
The man walking the dog that I bump into at different points whilst walking on a Sunday, the regulars in the coffee shop each morning, the cheery team to say hello to at Runcorn station. I am even considering Chris Evans and the Breakfast Show as friends during my commute. The bustle, energy and great service at lunchtime in the many Pret’s I frequent. Casual maybe, but so much more..........
To some right now, networking is definitely not a top priority. But given the unprecedented challenges leaders are facing, we actually need connection and collaboration now more than ever.
Another week, another high profile leader losing trust in buckets with plummeting popularity. Rather than focus on lack of trust in government and the media, far too much airtime spent on that already, let’s get back to basics and understand the role of leaders in delivering on the high expectations we have of them. What is the role of a leader right now?
In the days since I wrote my article Leading Beyond the Crisis about how communication and trust can make or break leaders, there have been some polarised examples in the news of how clarity of thought and clear communication result in true connection.
With research identifying trust, communication and taking action as key to effective leadership, how can leaders connect with their people and increase trust during the current crisis and beyond? How can leaders deliver on such high expectations of themselves and the business?
There’s never been more necessity to think well, think creatively, think collaboratively, diversity of thought matters. None of us know all of the answers
Great leadership during tough times requires 'human leadership". Agreed, there are no tried and tested procedures for leading in our first global pandemic. But crisis sure reveals character
We are in unprecedented times. Leaders face some of the toughest challenges in their careers and it would be easy to place dealing with a pandemic on the ‘too hard to do’ list. Leadership has never been so important for navigating the current climate. Read my five insights for leaders in the current climate here
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