Test of resilient leadership
The terminology VUCA has come alive. These are unprecedented times when the entire globe, every country, industry, society and an individual has impacted in some
form or the other by the novel coronavirus or the covid-19 pandemic.
The situation that Covid-19 has presented to us
is the most uncertain that cannot be brought under any other disaster plan management. Yes, it is novel in that sense too. Calamities like
earthquake, fire, flooding have an eventual finale, however a pandemic effects business operations from all ends and the end is unforeseen.
Therefore, there cannot be a structured recovery plan.
Business dynamics changed almost overnight. Business continuity planning, competency mapping, workforce planning (read work from home), leadership,
learning, development are words that are doing the rounds in every corporates' virtual rooms. There has been a transformation in working
patterns with companies building on their existing IT infrastructure such as official chat rooms, collaboration tools and ERP models to
keep corporate operations on track. Employers are scouting for skillsets internally to execute new age technologies as well as are seen
upbeat about upskilling their existing talent strength.
One of the sought after characteristics
post this crucible of sorts will be Resilience. Today is the test of Resilient Leadership. Covid-19 has demanded people to work from home
and the quantum of losses across industries is yet to surface.
Corporate India is all set with expectations
and hopes as it adapts to the innovative and flexible ways of working and collaborating. The drastic change has been favourable to the
millennials, a digital workforce that is flexible, enabled with AI-driven devices and apps that talk to each other.
Alongside the rapid business landscape, leaders
must show courage and agility in responses to the global challenges. Resilience leaders will inspire, offer opportunities to develop leaders
within organizations and harness energies of their employees. Optimism spread by the leader will help employees and business tide over the
History has given us much evidence in the form of
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Reed Hastings, in fact all successful entrepreneurs have displayed resilience coupled with tenacity and grit to get
through tough times. Not that these leaders did not experience failures in their lives, but they looked to the long-term solutions and were
determined to go beyond obstacles to challenge the failures and turn them to successes.
The Covid-19 is an opportunity to have a big picture thinking, to be responsive and not reactive, and be believers of the processes!