Most businesses, regardless of whether they’re essential or not, are facing many uncertainties right now. Safety and health of customers, vendors, and employees is on the forefront. Businesses are having to change how they handle their daily routine to keep their activities going. It takes strong leadership to adapt to everchanging circumstances. Here are some ways that you can be a strong leader.
Lead By Example
Strong leadership starts at the top. Leaders are the ones who must set an example. Be available to your team, even if it’s just online. Remind your team to sign off at the end of the day. Even though you’re working from home, encourage people to have a work-life balance.
Make sure to be authentic in your emails and on message apps. Watch how you phrase things because written communication is much different than face-to-face. Balance speaking with listening. Listening is more than half of good communication skills. Keep people in the loop but be sure to hear their concerns.
Set Expectations, but Be Flexible
You’re going to need to help your team learn what equals success when working from home. At the same time, you’re going to have to understand that many people are dealing with distractions they wouldn’t have at work. Communicate the priorities. Have a backup plan in case things go awry. Understand that there are things out of their control.
How you treat your team during a crisis will affect your business for years to come. Show your gratitude for hard work. Let your employees know you care about them. The way you act through difficult times will either make your team more loyal or make them want to leave.
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