Leadership principle for management in time of pandemic: Covid-19

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Leadership is both a research area and a practical skill encompassing the ability of an individual or organization to “lead” or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations.

Leadership is the ability to guide others without force into a direction or decision that leaves them still feeling empowered and accomplished. The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. Leaders are the figureheads of an organization and for good reason. Workers depend on a strong management team to co-ordinate and ensure that everyone else knows their job role. While in many cases this coordination involves overall strategic planning, it is important to also make room for the many soft skills that are generally found in great leaders.

Technical training is helpful, but it is often the case that your soft skills are what inspires others to work.

Important leadership skills are: – There are several skills found in good leader, but some of the skills which are essential or we can say commonly found in each and every leader.

Which are as follow: Communication: One of the most important skills of a leader is the ability to communicate effectively. While the ability to strategize is also crucial, strategies are nothing without a team that understands how to carry them out. It is a leader’s responsibility to ensure that the team both understands the tasks at hand and is motivated enough to give it their full attention.

Awareness: A strong leader should also have an eye on the business process to learn which ideas are effective and which less so. In a sense, leadership depends on the ability to observe and to learn. If teams are not performing as well as they should, a leader should have the ability to figure out why and address the issue accordingly. Similarly, a leader must be aware of how businesses change over time and whether any industry-wide innovations could potentially affect competition or production.

Honesty/Integrity: Great leaders are not exclusively those who solely get results. Rather, leaders must also command respect and trust by being forthright with their employees and the greater industry of which they are a part. Teams may not always like what a leader has to say, but if the message is honest, they will often appreciate knowing the truth, rather than being fed lies and excuses. Ideally, a strong leader should also possess the ability to deliver harder truths diplomatically so as not to alienate workers.

Relationship Building: For some people, it may seem like business is primarily about some form of production. However, production can proceed more efficiently when team members trust and work well with each other. In this sense, business is about networking and relationships. It is a leader’s role to encourage healthy working relationships between team members, clients, producers, other managers and the community at large. When employees trust each other and the business as a whole, the entire organization stands to benefit significantly.

Innovation: Strong leaders are typically creative and recognize when changes could improve the workflow. As well-planned as a business process can be, it will inevitably encounter some obstacle to overcome. An innovative leader is someone who takes responsibility for these obstacles and creates a path toward bringing the work back to its intended expectation.

Developing Leadership Skills: It is sometimes said that great leaders are born, not made. While some people do undoubtedly contain a certain ability to connect with and inspire others, leadership skills can also be nurtured and developed.

By learning to listen, to take initiative, to understand when your instincts should be trusted and to discipline yourself, you stand to improve your role as a leader. The skills mentioned in this article are, additionally, those that can benefit from practice and training, allowing anyone cast in a leadership role to excel in his or her position.

There are the several and various principle of management are their but in current situation it becomes necessity to adopt or change some. The 7’Cs for management in time of pandemic situation like coronavirus. In this hard situation for each and every individual it becomes difficult to be a confident and keep patience. Below are 7’C which is most important principle of management in time of Covid-19.

1. CALM: – Your folks, your employees, your customers, your suppliers, are going to be looking to you as a leader to project a sense of calm through this difficult, uncertain situation.

2. CONFIDENCE: – You have to be calm, but not still-water calm. You have to project confidence that you’re going to be able to see this through successfully, with a minimum amount of hurt to the company, but also to all of the stakeholders who are relying on your leadership to get them through the difficult days and months ahead.

3. COMMUNICATION: – You have to relentlessly communicate, communicate, communicate. This is to avoid rumours developing that muddy the waters. But when I’m talking about communication, I’m also talking about a strategy for communication. You need a sense of order in which to communicate decisions and priorities, but also have rapid communication to the entire body of constituents—not delays over hours or days or, even worse, weeks. Silence is absolutely the worst possible thing that you allow to happen, because that’s when the rumour mill develops.

4. COLLABORATION: – You are not going to know all the answers; no one expects you to. This is a time for you to call on the resources, the capabilities of all of your employees, all of your team members, and bring them together in taskforces, sub-taskforces, and potentially have a role for everyone in which they feel they can contribute to overcoming the uncertainty, overcoming the crisis. Engaging employees in this way will also reduce that rumour mill, give confidence to them that they will then project in turn to the people who are relying on them as their managers for direction.

5. COMMUNITY: – All of us live in communities. Our factories are in communities, our colleges and universities are in communities. We are leading by example, not just within our organizations, but within our broader communities. And especially since we’re talking here about an infectious virus, it’s extremely important that we set an example, model behaviours that are community friendly and supportive.

6. COMPASSION: – Compassion is extremely important at this time. We may rise to the occasion if we’re fortunate to have a good team around us, but there are many people in our organizations who are depending upon us, who are not necessarily that resilient. And they need to be given the compassion to express their concerns. So, think of someone in your organization who has elderly parents in a fragile state of health. They’re going to be doubly concerned about relatives at this time when the virus is potentially affecting the most vulnerable and medically challenged in our communities. If they want time off, if they want to work from home, if they need to have a little bit of space to look after their family members, please consider giving that to them. Compassion at a time of crisis is a very important manifestation of leadership.

7. CASH: – The most obvious commercial C of the 7 Cs is Cash. Cash is king at a time of crisis, and everything needs to be done to look both short term and long term at the financial health of the organization. After all, your employees, suppliers, and customers are depending upon you to lead, not just emotionally but also prudently with respect to the long-term finances of the organization. Whatever you can do to conserve cash is going to be critical, because that’s what’s going to determine whether your employees are going to be paid next week.

Authored by-

Mr.Piyul Jain – Management Trainee- TVC 

Pacific Institute of Management, PAHER University, Udaipur (Rajasthan)
Batch 2019-2021