Where do we go from here?
Every business leader knows that their company needs to adapt in order to survive long term. However, the real issue is not successfully transforming your organization on a one-time basis — rather, creating the ability to adapt into your company’s DNA. It’s developing a system to deal with whatever crisis or shift may come along. The key to success lies in achieving this permanent state of adaptability.
In adaptable organizations, leaders must focus on facilitating a welcome environment for change. When done effectively, a leader is will be rewarded with powerful, innovative solutions that emerge from the employee themselves.
If we want to see a snapshot of how leaders handled management throughout the COVID pandemic we can take a closer look at HBR, where researchers reviewed a global database to assess responses to the rapidly adjusting to stay-at-home-orders and remote work. Over the last year, we have learned a lot about what it takes to be an effective leader through a sustained crisis, like the pandemic. That said, executive teams are still trying to achieve remote cohesion.
In its 2021 CEO Benchmarking Report, The Predictive Index surveyed 160 CEOs from various industries, asking them about their primary concerns and priorities post-COVID.
Among the key takeaways? More than half of the respondents said “working well remotely” was their primary challenge. That’s despite having more than half a year to work out the kinks and put new systems in place.