By Peter Tarhanidis, PhD
No one could have expected the reality of what a pandemic unleashes on each of us—our families, communities and places of employment. A once booming economy filled with demand and focused on the deployment of strategic investments and projects has now changed. This global pandemic has brought on uncertainty, sparking leaders and NGOs around the world to step up with varying approaches to crisis management, emergency response and the critical need for communication.
The implications of COVID-19 have exposed us to new health risks, limited healthcare capacity, challenged supply chains and the need to operate in the new normal of isolation and social distancing.
Yet we all have witnessed how leadership can stand up, rally and partner with government and industry to provide guidance to avoid undue risks, maintain connections and guide us through this pandemic. While this entire episode may be distressing and taking its toll, YOU were built for this unprecedented global crisis. Your development as a leader and manager of teams and initiatives has established an excellent foundation to rely on to guide your teams through this time.
As I continue to evolve and flex my leadership style during this time period, I’ve developed a list of key habits to offer some guidance to all project leaders:
- Reset your leadership style with compassionate behaviors.
- Connect with your team and continue to maintain your relationships.
- Stay in control by collaborating with your team to redesign the team’s guiding or working principles.
- Set clear boundaries to enable the balance of work and family time.
- Enable healthy habits for you, your family and your team members.
- Celebrate small wins and keep everyone motivated.
- Streamline unnecessary activities and prioritize new activities to combat the pandemic.
- Leverage technology to maintain professional and personal connections.
- Communicate and support your organization’s leadership messages to mitigate the pandemic.
- Consider re-prioritizing your milestones and initiatives, and realign goals to meet long-term business strategies.
Please comment below with any tactics that have helped you and your teams endure this time and keep moving forward.