Show findcourses.com as: Mobile
Leadership essentials during covid

Humility and Humanity Are Leadership Essentials

This is a guest article by Stuart R. Levine, Chairman and CEO, Stuart Levine & Associates and EduLeader

“Leadership is responsibility.” Today’s Covid-19 crisis makes Peter Drucker’s quote truer than ever. As the pandemic radically changes ways that companies do business, people are uncertain. Fear abounds. Leaders are responsible for even more now as their employees, including their senior managers, are facing unprecedented levels of change and stress.

Massive unemployment has replaced a tight labor market in just months. Office settings and the related cultures are being threatened by working at home. For many employees, climbing the corporate ladder is replaced by a worry about continuing to be able to work, and to provide for the basic needs, safety, and the health of loved ones.

With this unprecedented level of disruption, a leader’s values come into sharp focus. They send powerful messages through words and deeds about what is important for the organization. People look to leadership for guidance and comfort. Trust is paramount. Outstanding leaders in normal times are expected to exhibit vision, authenticity, confidence, and courage.

Now their humanity, compassion, and humility are fully front and center. It’s these values that generate trust. Leaders need to connect on a personal level – checking in on their employees' needs and understanding that suddenly working from home creates difficulty and uncertainty.

Stuart Levin and Associates Training

Employees must adapt rapidly to changing times, and organizations must make rapid decisions to survive. Agility, adaptability, and resilience are indispensable and are dependent on the culture built by leadership. Leaders have a responsibility to provide learning and tools to stabilize and develop employees for the changing work environment and changing world.

Leadership’s consideration of “going back to work” is a strategic exercise concerning everyone’s health and safety and involves an added unprecedented regulatory dimension. Many companies do not see themselves back in offices for months or longer. A recent Gartner CFO survey indicated that about 75% of CFOs expect some of their employees to remain remote which helps with cost savings as well. 25% surveyed expect 10% to remain remote and 17% expect 20% to remain remote. Companies must prepare for more change in the coming months than they have seen over the last 20 years.

Great leaders trust people with the truth and they appreciate collaborative results. Everyone likes good news and optimistic forecasts, but only if they are grounded in facts and data. They trust the decisions that result when they have helped to create the strategy to move forward based upon accurate data and information. This process inspires the trust that collaboration and co-creation require. How the months ahead are handled by leadership will define each organization’s path going forward.

Author Bio

Mr. Stuart R. Levine is Chairman of the Board and CEO of STUART LEVINE & ASSOCIATES. Mr. Levine has significant board and executive leadership experience across multiple disciplines including financial services, technology and healthcare specializing in strategy, large-scale change management, leadership development, strategic communication, board governance and customer focus. 

He is the author of the following international best-selling books: The Six Fundamentals of Success (Random House) Cut to the Chase (Random House) and The Leader in You (Simon & Schuster), published in 37 languages and 1.2 million hard copies sold.

He is the former global CEO for Dale Carnegie Training and recognized as a Governance Fellow by the NACD. He was named Top 100 Director and has been instrumental in developing NACD Directorship Certification. He won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

STUART LEVINE & ASSOCIATES is an international consulting and leadership development company with a 25+ year track record of successful strategic organizational consultation. creates significant value for shareholders and strong organizational cultures through best-practice governance models, strategic thinking and execution with increased CEO/C-Suite leadership capacity at global leading organizations. A sampling of these include Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Barclays Bank (NYSE: BCS), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Protiviti, The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC), Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), MasterCard (NYSE: MA), Georgia Pacific (NYSE: GP), Saatchi & Saatchi, Montefiore Health System and Bethpage Federal Credit Union.

Want to learn more about the best leadership practices?

See courses available from Stuart and the rest of the EduLeader team and get in touch to find out how they can help you reach your goals!

Browse leadership courses

Last updated: 16 Oct 2020

You might also be interested in:

Last updated: 6/11/2020

Articulating Growth in 2020

As we begin to venture back into the office, we are all going to share our stories of how we survived during COVID. Here are some questions to help you come back to the office with the stories that will help us all come back strong.

Read more
Last updated: 5/8/2020

COVID-19 and Business: Practical Insights from Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School faculty have also been sharing their expert insights and research through a series of free webinars. See what topics have been covered so far and start watching.

Read more
Last updated: 5/15/2020

Deepening Client Relationships From a Distance

We are all being presented with a rare opportunity to get to know people more personally than ever before. In this article communication expert, Stephanie Bickel, shares her advice on deepening client relationships remotely.

Read more
Last updated: 10/5/2020

Advice from the Experts: Six Tips for Leading Your Team Remotely

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many organizations have made the decision to allow employees to work from home. As a manager, being faced with an entirely virtual team in the blink of an eye can be disorienting. To help you lead your virtual teams, we asked the experts and created our list of Six Tips for Leading Your Team Remotely.

Read more
Last updated: 6/16/2020

How to Communicate with Power and Presence

Communication. It’s one of those things we all do. It is essential to human interaction. Yet so many people struggle with communication, especially at work or in high-profile settings. Learn more about the magic elements it takes to move, engage, and connect with people.

Read more

Is COVID-19 impacting your learning?

We are committed to doing everything we can to help you keep learning in the coming months.

Can you spare four minutes to fill out our survey and let us know how we can best keep helping you?

Take the survey!

Our newsletter
Leave your email and stay updated on professional training