It’s become normal – and something of a bragging point – to be able to point at how hard you’re working. It’s like we’ve confused being burnt out with being successful.
The second we adopted social media as a staple in our lives, we also adopted a highly visible way of life. We find ourselves enmeshed in a need to prove our worth, to show how busy and successful we are … every minute of every day.
It creates a false environment.
Whether you’re a CEO, COO, CFO or whatever, business today demands digital leadership. Those who haven’t yet worked this out will very soon be little more than anachronisms, a vestige of a soon to be forgotten time gone by.
The SaaS (Software as a Service) world is exploding and business buyers are spoiled for choice.
But with so many options available, how do you choose the best solution for your business and more importantly, your team?
A family member of mine recently described herself as a ‘Plate Spinner’.
Prior to Covid-19, this busy mother of two was working multiple jobs, studying for a degree in her ‘spare time’, juggling regular International travel in-between organising the home, the children’s many and varied extracurricular activities, and all whilst trying to further her career and build a business.
Then all of that stopped…
According to an ABC news report, the toll on mental health from lockdown fatigue and stress are staggering with a very conservative estimate of a 14% increase in suicide rates over the 2020 lockdown period.
Hence this is the time when we must step up and show leadership within our communities. Our social and familial networks are looking for leaders to shine a light on a new pathway in an uncertain post-covid future.
But how do we show leadership after lockdown?
A characteristic I’ve always appreciated in a good leader is that they know when to accept conventional wisdom and when to swim against the stream. The power of independent thinking within the marketing and media sphere must be spear headed by leaders that understand when to pull the curtain back and challenge stagnant beliefs.
A sign of effective leadership is the ability to adapt, take criticism and learn from past mistakes. While Prime Minister Scott Morrison has received his share of criticism for his handling of the bushfire crisis, not all media say he’s been doing a bad job, and some suggest that he has learned from his early missteps.
The government’s affinity for PR spin and marketing jargon hasn’t fared well as Australia’s leadership appeared to remain two steps behind the bushfire crisis. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s handling of the emergency has seen him tarred and feathered both in Australia and internationally.
Reputation is a curious concept. Initially, it’s created by you and your approach to leadership: your feelings, your attitudes, your behaviours, etc.
As mental health takes precedence on the public agenda, the leaders fronting these conversations will often place their mental health on the backburner as they support others.