These are very tough times in which to manage. The vast scope of external chaos, the partial upsetting/paralysis of supply chains, the inability of forecasting, the endless waves of disease. Many leaders are looking bad and feeling even worse.
This is a perfect time for OD practitioners to look our profession to ask: what do we need to change about how we look at leadership?
Here are a few of my thoughts as well as questions that I am asking of myself and of colleagues.
- People may have unrealistic expectations from leaders in hard times. What are the real and unreal things that people expect from leadership in such times?
- Is full transparency on the part of leadership a good practice? When coupled with ignorant masses, isn’t full transparency a risky bet?
- What can leaders do when they cannot control anything?
- How can we help leaders better communicate when their people do not want to hear the message?
- Do experts make better leaders than natural leaders in time like this?
- What is the shelf time of charismatic leadership in very tough times?
- Churchill was ousted at the end of the war. Can we learn anything from this?
- What type of dangerous leaders can prosper in hard times?