If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past year, it’s that we don’t have nearly as much control over the events that shape our lives as we thought we did. As the pandemic continues to impact our lives, the ramifications for businesses have been difficult to say the least. Many executives have had to make tough decisions to keep their company operating. With these decisions comes the guilt associated with negatively impacting people’s lives.
Guilt is a sign of conscientious leadership. The circumstances leaders are facing today, while difficult, can also be a learning experience to help you make improvements in your leadership style, incorporating more empathy and compassion. A recent article from HBR speaks to six areas to consider to become a more conscientious leader as we transition back to a normal working environment.
Take Preemptive Action
Make sure you are educated about the recommended procedures from the medical community and governmental guidelines. As you open offices, whether now or in 2021, make sure you have met employee expectations as it relates to distancing, masks, shared spaces, and family needs.
Don’t Separate Yourself From Your Team
Be present, be honest, and be accountable. While we are going through a difficult time, when you’re open and honest with your team, they appreciate it. If you are uncomfortable delivering bad news, speak with your peers or boss on how to deliver it with compassion.
Correct Your Mistakes Quickly and Publicly
Decision making in an environment where you don’t have all the information is necessary, but so is correcting any mistakes you made as new information becomes available. Don’t hesitate to correct yourself and do it as soon as possible, and make sure everyone knows why you are correcting it.
Provide Extra Support for People Who Need It
Everyone has had a difficult time this year, some more than others. If you know people on your team that are having a more difficult time, reach out and see how you can work with them. Perhaps an ongoing flex-schedule, adjusting deadlines, and accommodating for family needs.
Model Appropriate Behavior to Set a Healthy Example
Working from home has meant that people are working around the clock. The typical beginning and end to the workday no longer exist. To help employees feel less anxiety around working hours, set an example yourself and show them that you are also taking time away from working in the evenings and on weekends.
Focus on Appreciation and Gratitude
If your company is doing well through the pandemic, you may also feel guilty that so many others are struggling. And if you are facing challenges, look for the lessons that the past year has taught you. By taking a positive viewpoint of the situation you can inspire those around you.
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