Our world continues to change amid this COVID-19 pandemic.
We are still working from home and practicing social distancing.
Yet people continue to get sick.
Many are pushing to “re-open the country.”
Yet people continue to die.
Neiman Marcus files for bankruptcy.
Yet other businesses continue to thrive.
Gas prices keep falling.
Yet we are not traveling too far from home.
Restaurants are closed.
Yet many have adapted to curbside meal service.
Stimulus checks are being distributed.
Yet many people still line up at food banks.
Change is happening all around us.
Yet fundamental leadership principles remain unchanged.
Doing the right thing for the right reason is an example. You may have heard Shake Shack, one of several large restaurant chains that received federal loans to stimulate small businesses, is returning the money ($10 million) it’s slated to receive. Apparently, its leaders had other sources for financial support. They realized many small restaurants did not and could use the money. Nicely done, Shake Shack.
As you see the need for change, stay closely grounded to core leadership principles.
Here is a short checklist of key leadership principles to stay close to:
- Do the right thing for the right reasons.
- Be patient, positive, and relentless.
- Never put your employees, customers, or vendors at risk.
- Remain available and approachable. Be sure to listen.
- Always be intentional in your actions, words, and behaviors.