Leadership During a Pandemic

By Mike Cardus  |  Organizational Development Consultant, Executive Exchange Facilitator

In most recent Executive-Exchange meetings, a consistent topic is chaos and how to lead best and make decisions during COVID-19. As each of the executives share their perspectives, challenges, successes, and how the organization is adjusting to make things work – we continue to come back to a similar point.

What works during the pandemic is the same things that did before:

Take Care of Your People

 Now, this seems obvious. And when an organization is working well, and people are bringing their best work, it feels easy to take care of your people.

But, when things get tense, a sudden shift in revenue or forecasted work happens, taking care of your people can prove more challenging. And when you feel uncomfortable and challenged, your leadership skills and taking care of the people doing the work are vital.

The way you, as a leader, act and make decisions during this time is how people will remember you and your leadership during good times. Are you attracting or repelling trust?

Three Leadership Ideas to Remember: especially when things are difficult.
 Leadership is dependent upon the environment:
  • Leadership happens through people within a specific context (i.e., work, sports, hiking, cooking)and through two or more people interacting (someone has to have the knowledge to share, and someone has to find that experience helpful). 
Leadership focuses on others:
  • Leadership is not about you or your introspective wonder; it is about others and how they react and respond –
  • This other-focus supports self-reflection and developing the wisdom to change how you work with others, and how to be best-supported, achieving organizational and personal goals. Other-focus happens before the self-focus.
Leadership is fulfilling others motivation while keeping your motivation needs met:
  • Understanding what motivates someone else and keeping their motivation full is what good leaders do.
  • Knowing what motivates you and how you can keep your self-motivation fulfilled will keep the extrospection healthy and focused.

Using the three areas above, ask yourself:
“Are the actions I am taking going to attract-trust or repel-trust?”

  • If they repel-trust – identify areas that you can change or improve to attract-trust.
  • If they attract-trust – identify what is working well and amplify that.


Mike Cardus: BNP Executive Exchange Facilitator:
Mike has focused expertise in team building, managerial-leadership, and organization development. Frequently asked to create solutions to address the development of high-performance teams, retention of talent, the innovation of product and profit streams, group conflict, coaching of leaders, developing systems to drive positive behaviors, and development of skilled knowledge to increase organizational and personal effectiveness. Working primarily with teams and management within these organizations, his role has been honed to coach, counsel, facilitate and conduct focused group work. Learn more about Mike.



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