Aug 05 2021| Leadership
by Phil Eyre Leaders' Founder
In my latest Business Brief article, I talk about how leadership is marked by decisions that enable the company to transform at a rapid pace.
The last 18 months have required a keen focus on immediate issues. The effort, skill and energy that have gone into the challenges raised by the pandemic, Brexit and their knock-on impacts have been immense.
But it is now time for leaders to change their emphasis – and fast.
What can leaders do?
Leaders are at risk of being immersed in what are actually management issues, giving the best of their time to dealing with details in flexible working policies, supply chain contracts, recruiting (at all levels), holiday planning and more.
Solving immediate problems is seductive. Urgency elevates our adrenaline, fixing a problem in front of us is gratifying as we can see the results. But there is a danger that busyness on what are now short-term management problems provides an excuse for leaders to evade the more critical, long-term existential issues.
If leaders are not focused on future thinking, orientating the business to its purpose, fostering a culture of excellence and creating sustainable benefits for customers, then who is?
Courageous leadership is needed more than ever. Leadership marked by high-conviction decisions that enable the company to flex, adapt and perhaps transform at a faster pace than ever before. Major risks and opportunities abound – cyber risk, digital disruption, a changing talent pool and climate change all spring easily to mind. There are probably many more. And yet too often leadership agendas seem (to me at least) to miss these longer term, horizon-thinking issues.
How can we achieve this?
It’s time to lead.