NE TWORK L EADE R S H I P - A NEW AP P ROACH F OR L EADE R S ii
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the rapidly changed circumstances. However, I believe that the essence of what the pandemic is calling us to do is still missing. All the indicators are pointing towards one theme which has been the focus of the attention for all human beings across the entire planet for the past year: HEALTH
This edition of The Ripple explores what the paradigm of organizational health means to leaders and leadership. The pandemic has succeeded to upend and shift many of the behaviors which we not only took for granted and but also thought were permanent features of how we experienced our daily lives. Ubiquitous remote work, expanded online commerce, reduced business travel – just to name a few - are all here to stay. All of these new behaviors will certainly endure long after the worst threats of Covid-19 are finally in the rear-view mirror. A lot has been written about how leadership must to change in these strenuous times. Ongoing discussions include how leaders need to show greater empathy. By doing so, leaders can support their team members and employees to cope with the challenges of distributed work with colleagues and clients from a home-office. Others worry about maintaining productivity in a remote work environment or how to cultivate or enhance a company culture in a virtual context. All of these issues are critical and indicate that a qualitative shift in leadership is necessary to deal with
Our planet is not only asking us to take care of the health of individuals, but the health of our organizations and insti- tutions as well. This is the emerging task of leadership of our current era. Similar to the individual health which consists of multiple dimensions (physical, mental, social, spiritual) – the health of an organization is multi- faceted as well.
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