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Flexible leadership has become a key component for a successful organization. Clearly, the global pandemic of 2020 requires a flexible approach to managing the challenges facing your organization and workforce. A flexible approach ensures employee engagement, productivity, and the safety of the workforce and clients. The ability to guide organizations and inspire their followers define an effective leader. In order to meet these goals, flexibility is a necessary characteristic.

The Harvard Business Review recently featured several well-known leaders and their positive leadership actions. Similarly, leaders of smaller organizations are also demonstrating flexible leadership characteristics. Some clear examples of flexibility embraced by many of the leaders we work with include:

  • Setting up remote work capabilities for their organization and employees
  • Allowing employees to modify their schedules to accommodate other family members, including homeschooling needs
  • Giving their workforce time to “decompress” from quarantine (i.e., wellness days, half-days or no work Fridays, etc.)
  • Providing resources such as Wi-Fi to people that needed home office equipment
  • Working with employees to issue statements of solidarity against anti-racism in response to global protests focused on police brutality, structural racism, and the disparate impact of COVID-19 on black and brown communities

Models of Leadership

Research on leadership has given us a host of leadership theories and models by some of the industries greatest thinkers. Models such as the Situational Leadership model, Transformational Leadership Theory, and Servant Leadership and many others all embody a host of behavioral characteristics that individuals can, and should, embrace. Specifically, leaders looking to embody a flexible leadership style should focus on developing the following skill sets:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Adaptability
  • Business Acumen (knowledge and awareness industry trends, risks, liabilities, etc.)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ask for feedback
  • Express confidence
  • Valuing people
  • Displaying Authenticity

How We Can Help

We are currently offering free one-hour consultations with our consultants, including some of our executive coaches, to help you think through how you can become a more flexible leader. Simply fill out our contact form to get connected.If you’re interested in evaluating how your leadership style is currently working for your organization, consider downloading our Pandemic Culture worksheet below to assess your current culture.

How to Improve Operations & Culture After the Pandemic

The Covid-19 crisis caused many organizations to regroup quickly. Now that a few months have passed, it’s time to evaluate your current culture. What organizational behaviors have you adopted? What elements of your culture have changed? Which of these changes do you want to keep going forward? This worksheet walks you through an exercise to help you determine your next steps.

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