Why we need great leadership post lockdown

As the world begins to come out of lock-down businesses from across the globe are beginning to reopen, readjusting to the new normal we all now face. Strong leadership has never been more important as companies look for that competitive edge that will help them succeed through all the uncertainty.

Alex Ellinis, founder and director of global online and executive education at the Greater London Business School, who has helped business leaders for over 20 years, says strong and proactive leadership techniques will be vital for businesses to thrive after the covid crisis.

He explains: “As we all know, nothing is going to be the same as it was before. So leaders need to realise this, embrace the change if they can, and then set out a plan on how their business is going to move forward. Now, of course, this is easier said than done, but it is possible.

“Positive psychology is going to play a huge role in how organisations get back to work, and it’s vital that leaders realise this and how their leadership skills will directly affect productivity and happiness in the workplace. At the GLBS we are great believers in ‘Flow’ methodology (a concept developed by Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihályi) among other sources of competitive advantage. People are happiest when they are in a state of flow — a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity. Flow is a mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus, full involvement, and enjoyment. Flow, creativity, and happiness are all linked.

“Leaders need to ensure that three conditions are met to help employees achieve a flow state: Employees must be involved in an activity with a clear set of goals and progress, meaning there is a clear direction and structure to the task; the task at hand must have clear and immediate feedback helping the person negotiate any changing demands but also generating increased self worth; and thirdly workers must have confidence in their ability to complete the task at hand.

Ellinis adds: “Increased communication and support levels are a must, people will feel vulnerable and leaders must realise this.

Greater London Business School focuses on blending academic with experiential learning so that clients can quickly implement their new knowledge within their respective organisations to achieve the desired results. It is focused on providing organisations and individuals with training and qualifications which have a direct impact on performance and success.

For further information about GLBS visit: www.greaterlondonbusinessschool.co.uk/  

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