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Post-pandemic paradoxical leadership

There is no doubt that the world as we know it has changed and the way that we do business has changed. Therefore it was inevitable that we would have new demands of our leaders and how would expect them to handle the world moving forward. Traits and qualities play an important role in how decisions get made and if our leaders are still down things the old way that only means that they will be missing out on new demands because the mental tools that they will use are at best operating at half-capacity and worst case scenario they are out dated. inspired by a research that was published by Harvard business review. Here is a list of some of the paradoxical traits that are expected of leaders post pandemic.

  • We continue to want them to be strategic we also expect them to know how to put the strategy into steps to execute. They can’t only be about the big picture.

  • We expect them to take bold steps to get the organization to the next level yet we expect them to be good listeners and listen to their teams and the experts in order to help them in that decision making process

  • They can no longer see technology as an area to delegate but they are expected to be tech savvy. The world is going digital but a leader must keep an eye on the people and be connected to them

  • Whilst maintaining the essence of what the organization is they need to be innovators within the parameters of that identity.

  • And maintain proper communication, a high level of integrity and collaboration with their teams because at the end of the day they understand that it’s a collective effort that grows the organization and the individual.

One of the main components that the pandemic has brought forward is the need to work together as a team and that old mindset of "I decide and you execute" is long gone. Our leaders are expected to work together with there team yet make the right decision even if it is not the collective decision. We also expect them to communicate why they went against the collective but not because they owe us an explanation but because it helps us trust them more and it helps leaders develop their team members better.

Going against the group as a leader is sometimes necessary and leaders can use these instances as learning opportunities to develop the strategic and long-term vision of the team as a group and as individuals.

This is my Arabic interview with Nour Amache on Bloomberg Asharq. As always a pleasure to be a guest on your network.

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