There are many lessons we can learn from this global pandemic, but one of the most unexpected was the fact that every leader at every level had the opportunity to show how good they really are. And because they were all facing the exact same situation it was plain to see how they measured up when compared to one another. From prime ministers, presidents, kings, mayors, senators, CEOs, industry leaders, managers, and team leaders had to step up to the plate. Some were great, some got the job done and nothing more, some went out swinging, and there were some left perplexed when they struck out looking.
After witnessing this showcase of all kinds of leaders you might be asking yourself, what makes an effective leader? Here are a few ideas to consider:
The world changes constantly and rapidly, and this is the only thing about the world that doesn’t change. With such an uncertain setting an effective leader is somebody who is flexible in their methods and can quickly adapt to any situation they find themselves in. In our hyperconnected world this means staying on top of the important trends and technologies that can help support their business. It also means constantly updating and revising every process at an operational level. An effective leader knows that what works today might not work tomorrow, or worse yet it might be so passé that it affects their business negatively.
With a rapid changing world come big gaps in the available information. Effective leaders need to be courageous and take action when the opportunity arises, instead of waiting to have all the information and hiding behind this excuse. Being a great leader also means to stand up for what is right, even if this goes against the status quo.
Effective leaders know themselves profoundly. They are aware of what their strengths and weaknesses are, and they strive to always keep learning and improving. This allows them to delegate more effectively and by overseeing this they are able to learn from their subordinates. By knowing their own strengths and weaknesses they are able to determine what the strengths and weaknesses of their employees are and use that to the organization’s advantage.
Keeping everyone in high spirits can be tough at times, but great leaders know just how to do this. When you are led by an effective leader you feel appreciated, empowered, and focused on what lies ahead, instead of overworked, fearful, and resentful. They are not micromanagers and trust you to get the job done, once you do they are the first to congratulate you and make you feel like a vital part of the company’s greater success.