According to research by a major management consultancy there is
evidence of shifts in leadership style and behaviour during the
pandemic. This has taken the form of focusing on the short term,
taking a more hands on approach, closing down debate in recognition of
the need to make decisions quickly, generally adopting a more reactive
style whilst working harder and longer in the face of increased
financial pressure. The consultants believe there is a need for the
leadership of organisations to get back to strategic management with a
focus on the future. They urge organisations to put aside crisis
management in order to better Inspire, influence and provide long term
strategic clarity. They recognise that during these challenging times
many senior managers/leaders have neglected their own development and
are relying on past skills when they need to address future skills.
It just so happens that as management consultants they have a range
of products and services that can meet these future skills needs!
Despite the clear pitch for work there is a valid point about chief
executives, senior managers and board members needing to address
their own developmental needs.
What this is really about is the need to move from being a wartime
leader to a peacetime leader. Good leadership before the pandemic was
different to good leadership during the hight of the pandemic and good
leadership post pandemic looks very different again. The leadership
needs to change their style and behaviour accordingly and since it not
easy to be both an effective wartime leader and an effective peacetime
leader they would benefit from help to make the transition. Especially
as this is not back to how things were before. The alternative is for
organisations to change their leaders.
Post pandemic leadership is much more about where we are going and
how we propose to get their, looking further ahead. It is about
leading an agile organisation able to take advantage of a diverse
workforce by empowering employees and so the emphasis will be on
people management skills, influencing , inspiring and shaping. Most of
all maintaining belief.
Blair Mcpherson former Director author and blogger www.blairmcpherson.co.uk