Does leadership need to change?

by Elise Stevens | Futureproof Your Career Podcast

COVID-19 has caused huge changes in the way society functions. How we work, how our kids are educated, how we see our doctor, and even how our government communicates with us, has changed dramatically in just a few months.

As we navigate all this change, we’re looking for good leaders to guide us. But what does good leadership look like now? How do leaders set goals when none of us know what success is going to look like in the future?

In this podcast, Elise Stevens speaks with executive coach Chuen Chuen Yeo about how leadership needs to change to meet the challenges of 2020 and beyond.

Points raised in this podcast:

  • As business adapts to COVID-19, it is the responsibility of leaders to make the right changes, set new goals and bring people together.
  • Leaders have had to adapt to a virtual model of working in which they must manage and motivate people they may no longer see in person.
  • Organisations are learning that working from home does not just mean taking work home. The boundaries have changed and the grey area between the professional self and the personal self is becoming smaller.
  • Leaders must find ways to continue to hold people accountable and maintain productivity.
  • Leaders should be empathetic about the constraints that individuals are facing as well as transparent about their expectations.
  • Leaders can’t simply make cosmetic changes to their behaviour. They need to embrace an agile mindset. Chuen Chuen Yeo defines agility as a sense of authenticity and ease when navigating complexity and uncertainty.
  • Leadership is about more than knowledge and skills. It is personal and contextual. Rather than relying on a textbook definition, leaders should really consider what good leadership means to them.

About Chuen Chuen:

Chuen Chuen Yeo is an executive coach who specialises in developing agility in professionals, thereby raising the quality of leadership in every organisation. Named one of the ‘Top 101 Global Coaching Leaders’ and a ‘Woman Super Achiever’ at the 28th World HRD Congress, Chuen Chuen’s outstanding work in shaping the future of leadership development makes her a highly sought-after individual in the business world.

She works with business executives, enabling them in their organisational and leadership transformations through strategic mindset shifts. Her clients hail from nearly 40 countries including Fortune 500 companies and senior officers from the Singapore Civil Service. Chuen Chuen is also the author of ‘8 Paradoxes of Leadership Agility’ where through stories of transformation, she shows how mindset shifts are made possible with her proprietary Re4 Coaching Model.

You can connect with Chuen Chuen on LinkedIn.