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May 5th 2021

Leadership in the "new normal"

Thoughts on leadership in the "new normal".

The success of a team relies on its leader being able to effectively delegate and give clear direction.

The most successful business leaders are those who have mastered the art of direction. Their communication skills tend to be top notch and they are effective delegators.

In today’s world of remote work, increasing reliance on technology and shifting employee expectations, the core management skills of direction, delegation and communication have never been more important.

Many businesses intend to adopt a hybrid working model post-pandemic. Employees will therefore be working in a world with more choices about where, how and when they work. This means that managers will have to adapt to a new normal, where they have less visibility of their team member’s day to day activities.

This should mean that managers will focus on outputs more than processes. However, if this is the case, communication will be more important than ever in order to avoid overburdening employees with too much work. Business leaders will also need to give very clear direction in terms of which objectives should be prioritised, and so forth.

With an increase in remote working, the responsibility to maintain communication across the team will fall to the manager / leader. In order to succeed, managers will need to focus on fewer, higher-impact relationships with team members. They will need to delegate some additional responsibility to others within the team, in order to ensure that the whole team receives sufficient direction.

In order to help their leaders to succeed in this new environment, businesses will need to equip their leaders with new skills in terms of empathy, managing relationships, communication, delegation (and building trust) and giving better direction.

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