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A message from our team

Defining leadership is easy. So easy, in fact, that just about everyone has done it. If you search for “definitions of leadership” Google will give you approximately 245,000,000 responses. Sure, each definition is a little different, highlights a different aspect of leadership, or attempts to be novel in some way, but the vast majority of definitions of leadership tend to include something about guiding, directing, motivating, or influencing others towards a common goal.

Personally, I do not have any issues with this basic definition. I am less concerned with the what of leadership, and more concerned with the how. In times of disruption, the how really matters.

In times of crisis and rapid change, the typical Western view of leadership calls for decisive action; a can-do, take-charge attitude; and a rallying of the troops. Unfortunately, as this article points out, that approach causes more harm than good. Instead, leaders should focus on the skills needed to care for those they lead: emotional intelligence, communication, expectation setting, and feedback, to name just a few.

We are all leading someone, even if it is ourselves. Therefore, it is important to reflect on both how we are leading and how we wish to be led. A time will come again that requires a hard-charging style of leadership, but in the meantime, a little support and understanding can go a long way.

Take care of yourselves, and each other,

Theran Fisher
Director, Talent and Organizational Effectiveness

Ashelle Brown
Learning & Development Specialist 


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