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The Importance of Leading By Example During Times of Change

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A strong sense of leadership is vital to the success of any workplace environment and is inherent in prosperous management structures. Especially in times of change or crisis, management styles need to guide, support, and empower employees to perform their best, feel comfortable, and see a clear trajectory of what’s to come. With COVID-19 changing the global economic climate, companies need to implement strong productive leadership plans more than ever. Strong leadership organizes the different sectors of your business, provides instruction and expectation, while also establishing a team dynamic. Good leadership manifests through relative responses to certain issues, settings, and company cultures. Understanding your company’s work dynamic in times of heightened stress helps structure the type of leadership staff seek.

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In times of crisis, poor leadership can heighten difficulty and possibly create more conflict. Any change management program should enable strong leaders to govern the different cogs of your company to work well and to work together. Employing poor leaders or leadership strategies can guide the business in a destructive direction. In a workplace atmosphere, people reflect each other’s work ethic and having poor management will ultimately result in poor performance. Employees lose purpose or the need to be constructive when company heads lack fervor or vision. Having strong leaders creates goals and focal points, and enables a cooperative team setting. Here are a few reasons why leading by example is a business nonnegotiable:

Strong Leadership Sets Operative Standards

Team-based structures gain momentum in whichever way energy is directed. When company leaders practice unproductive habits or procedures, employees may mimic them, lose reason to work hard, or be guided in the wrong direction. Practicing what you preach, especially during the COVID-19 period, is both a result- and process- oriented method with positive HR return on investment. As staff may feel confused or scared, they seek to work under responsible leaders. Psychologically, people mimic and respond to the behaviour in their surroundings.

When leaders are enthusiastic, helpful, and have clear vision, employees begin to expect the same for themselves and the rest of the company. These expectations also influence the company culture, which leaders can use to guide new procedures. When certain reactions are expected during a crisis or change, people will come together to better the situation when that philosophy is already executed in quotidian issues or practices. To learn more about this, read here.

From Guidance to Growth

Working in accordance with a plan that offers clear instructions, roles, and projected results will manifest as a productive product. Good leaders must deliver the needed results in their department or with their team instead of giving empty promises. Focusing on achieving tangible results with proper delegation and open communication not only make tasks seem more manageable, but will increase group trust, stamina, and efficiency.

Properly guiding your team through assigning roles, dividing tasks, and mutually deciding on clear objectives will quicken the process, improve accuracy, and result in constructive achievements.  When teams work toward a chosen goal together, they’re able to carry out their delegated tasks with operative passion. This is relevant for any sized team or project, and is vital to practice during prosperous times as well. This will make the transition less fragmented and intimidating, and will decrease the sense of crisis. Click here for more on change management strategies.

Creates Cohesion, Respect, And Response

Good leadership strategies integrate a cohesive vernacular within their own team to maintain clear goals and expectations. This offers stability and no-frills execution of any task. Establishing clear ways to respond to dilemmas, creative work strategies, and team interaction minimizes room for error. Incorporating respect is done through actual practice rather than preaching. Interacting with all employees, clients, and situations with a respectful tone and genuine desire for a solution will be inherently reciprocated.

Respect being part of the group language will have a positive impact on operations and company culture. When higher-ups are able to work with employees of any tier productively, openly, and with their best interest in mind, the proper plan can be made to get the proper results needed. This will lead to constructive criticism for finding solutions and delegating other instructions.

How You and Your Employees Can Lead By Example:

  • Work on the frontlines with your team to see any negative or positive practices. Being involved with all levels of operation will create a better understanding of what solutions should look like.
  • Take responsibility and drive team to improve performance and increase engagement.
  • Encourage and inspire through actions, regardless of how big or small they are.
  • Take care of your work problems and evaluate your performance; are you being helpful? Are you listening? Are you responsible for your tasks?
  • Be consistent with the expectations of yourself and your team.


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Darwyne Lang

Darwyne Lang

Darwyne is the president and CEO of Apri Insurance Services Inc. Having worked in the industry for over 30 years, he lives the benefits business every day. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). He understand the needs, costs, misconceptions, and effects on brand and culture, and the importance of benefits for employees. No matter what he’s doing, whether for work or pleasure, Darwyne competes at a very high level. He loves to lead and innovate in everything he does.

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