We have just had our lockdown period extended by at least another three weeks here in the UK and there is the temptation to give in to the lamentation, “when will this ever end?”. But it’s important for us all to remember that this too shall eventually pass. And while being on lockdown certainly has its challenges, it also presents us with some precious opportunities too. Most importantly of all is the opportunity to reflect on which parts of our pre-lockdown life are worth picking up again once this is over.
As I reflect on the last couple of weeks, I am reminded about Tuckman’s stages of group development, i.e. forming, storming, norming and performing. Although Tuckman was saying this in the context of teams, i.e. that these phases are all necessary and inevitable in order for any team to grow, face challenges, tackle problems, find solutions, plan and deliver results, I personally think they apply to this new way of working we have been catapulted into.
The role of the leader has never been more important than it is right now in this time of great uncertainty. The truth is, your people are looking to you to lead them through these turbulent waters. They will remember how you handle this situation far more than they’ll remember how you handled ‘business as normal’ in times gone by. The moment is now for you and for me to step up and be the leaders our spheres of influence need us to be.
Remote working is not a new phenomenon. However, with the spread of the coronavirus, workplaces worldwide have been catapulted into this reality overnight. And as more and more offices go on lockdown with their people having to work from home, leaders need to learn pretty quickly how to effectively lead their teams virtually. I would like to give you some of my own thoughts on virtual team leadership over the next few months to help you navigate this unchartered territory.
Resilience is a vital quality for effective leadership. I’d like to share a few thoughts with you on what it is and three ways you can cultivate it in your own life so you can take your leadership to the next level.
Whether you’ve set your goals yet for 2020 yet or still need to, I’d like to encourage you not to settle for SMART goals, but to rather make them SMARTER.