How to effectively lead your team through times of change
During times of change and uncertainty, your team needs you to lead effectively. During times of uncertainty, peoples’ emotions run high. To properly deal with this, your team needs stability, and the only way to do that is by paying close attention to where they are and lending support where needed.
Build trust; be authentic; practice empathy when trying to foster positivity; and remember to be inclusive.
Get inspired with tips from The Suite's experts on how to lead a team through change.
TIP 1: Understanding today will help you anticipate tomorrow.
Today, the best leaders are looking across their organizations and taking note of what people are thinking, feeling, fearing, and experiencing. Where does your business need to be in the next 12, 18, or even 24 months? What will the world of work look like? Who knows, but by practicing good listening you will ensure you have a chance to see it coming.
TIP 2: Nobody is perfect.
No successful business gets there by being perfect. They get there by adapting and taking risks. It might sound counterintuitive, but don’t wait for all the information before you make decisions. The importance thing to do is act, not be right 100% of the time. During times of volatility and uncertainty, it is those who are daring that seize the day.
TIP 3: It takes strength to be vulnerable.
Haven't you heard? Vulnerability is in right now. Show your humanity and be real when interacting with your team. They will repay your transparency in like and your business will reap the rewards. Don't be afraid to ask why and push the boundaries of your thinking. You may learn something you wouldn't have otherwise.
TIP 4: Hubris destroys team performance
As a leader, it's important that you are confident; however, there is a such thing as too confident. Don't believe us? Grab a history book and read the story of Napoleon. Hubris is a dangerous thing to have, especially as a leader. Show humility and those around you will rise to the occasion and push their limits to grow. Stifle creativity because of your own pride and your team will suffer. Simple as that.
Bonus Tip: Here are some questions to help you
Now is the time to connect with people and communicate concerns. In a world where we all feel isolated, it takes a bit of extra effort to connect with people. It is crucial that you bring your best self to work as a leader so make sure you are a positive force rather than a storm cloud hovering.
These should help:
- Ask yourself, am I showing empathy to my colleagues?
- Do I empower people around me to perform at their best?
- Am I a positive or negative force at work?
- How many times did I complain about someone or something?
- Do I rise above my own self-interest in favor of others'?
- Am I listening more than speaking?
- What is something new I have learned this week?
- How many times did I express gratitude to my team?
Leading during times of crisis is one of the hardest things you can do. Don't worry if you aren't perfect... none of us are; however, you do have control over whether or not you push yourself to improve.
George is the CEO & Co-Founder of The Suite. He founded The Suite in order to fundamentally change the way executives manage their careers. Prior to founding The Suite in 2019, George spent several years in the executive recruiting space where he was fortunate enough to advise some of the world's leading VC & PE backed businesses on talent.