We have different views in regards to the qualities of a leader. In a
workplace, we think of a leader as someone who is smart and capable of doing a
tough job. We also see a leader in someone who can make everyone follow orders
and help the team achieve goals. Although these are excellent qualities,
they’re not enough. This pandemic showed us what a real leader should look
like. These are some of the qualities we need to see in a leader.
Ability to make unpopular decisions
When the idea of social distancing and business closure was introduced,
it was met with resistance. People were strongly against it due to the possible
economic repercussions. However, strong leaders who listened to experts decided
that it was the right thing to do. It was unpopular and risky, but they took
that risk anyway. Businesses need a person who wouldn’t mind making unpopular
decisions if it can bring
the team closer to success.
Empathy has never been more important
People react to social distancing measures in many ways. For some, it
was easy to follow stay-at-home orders. They have
enough savings to keep them through the entire pandemic. Others even
enjoyed the idea of being at home all the time to watch their favorite TV
shows, and play endless video games. However, it’s not the same for others.
People clamor to reopen the economy not because they want to have a haircut or
go to a bar. They would like to get their job back and provide for the needs of
the family. True leaders understand why some people have a different stance
regarding the issue. They may disagree with it, but they understand why. They
refrain from judging because they know that their circumstances aren’t the
True leaders listen and decide
Sure, it’s a good thing to have leaders with convictions. They follow
what their gut tells them to do. They make good projections and are usually
right. However, this pandemic showed that even the toughest leaders have no
idea what the best decision should be. It’s a novel virus, and no one knows how
to deal with it. Therefore, we have seen the best leaders listen before making
a decision. They considered all sides and determined what’s in the best
interest of the majority.
It’s a tough call
There’s no guidebook
to follow as a leader. Although some people think they’re born to be a
leader, it’s not always the case. Leadership entails experience and ability to
learn from them. This pandemic placed world leaders in a tough spot. The same
goes for business leaders. Therefore, it showed what true leaders look like.
Their stability in handling the crisis and empathy (or lack of them) for the
people was visible. It should serve as a guide on how we choose future leaders.
It should also help us determine how we can be an excellent leader in our
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