She was on the verge of tears when she called her manager. It wasn’t like her strong personality and light hearted nature to feel so crushed by her circumstances.
She was a top pharma sales rep many quarters in a row. But here she was, in mid April — the weight of change and isolation had finally began to crush her.
Her manager was buried in the uncertainty himself, configuring and reconfiguring. Managing both the frequent changes at work and the sporadic online school schedules of his teenaged kids.
As they talked, he listened. He heard fear and sadness and loss. He took time to connect and tell her that she is ok and her job is ok. He gave her permission to think differently and do differently during this time. He even had her laughing by the end.
He helped her come through stronger because he was willing to individualize — to her needs, her approach and her circumstance.
Leaders who individualize are the ones who thrive. It’s the way it has ALWAYS been.
And in this time of coming through crisis and adjusting to continued uncertainty, it is even more important — and it’s what the best are doing.
ISOGO TV PODCAST EPISODE 123 LOCKDOWN LEADERSHIP THEME 3 LEADERSHIP INDIVIDUALIZATION ::
This is the third episode in a five part series, called Lockdown Leadership and the 5 Themes that Shine Through…from the best of the best leaders.
This series came about by us asking — what are the best leaders doing right now? What are they carrying forward in new ways to help their teams in times that continue to be uncertain?
Together, Murray Guest and I have been diving into the FIVE common themes from leaders who are thriving right now:
- Grace + Kindness
- Wellbeing + Self-care
Today, we are unpacking the third Theme: Leadership Individualization and Flexibility.
I was just on a coaching call today where flexibility was sadly not a practice her leaders have adopted, and in a time of such uncertainty, it is especially crushing.
We define it, share some stories, pass on the best practices we’ve seen and even leave you with a couple ways to practice it in your own role as a leader.
If you gained inspiration from this episode about Leadership Individualization & Flexibility then you will love our program, Leaders Who Give a Damn, where we take these concepts even further.
In our next conversation in this series we will be delving into Theme 4 in this series: Clarity.
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