The optimised executive: 6 traits of the perfect modern leader

The pandemic has changed the way business operates across the board. From work mobility to online business, corporate rankings to connectivity, the last year-and-a-half have been challenging, and educational, for businesses.

The same goes for how executives function in the workplace. The pandemic has presented new challenges to executives in the way they communicate with employees and react to the ever-changing demands of this new era of life and business.

Recruitment firms in Sydney, Shanghai, London and beyond are looking for leaders who can readily adapt to these challenges.

Here are six traits of the perfect, contemporary leader.

  • Communication (& plenty of it)

With businesses making a rapid shift toward ongoing “work from home” modules, it is imperative for their department headers to be ready to communicate from a distance. You can’t be physically there for your team as much as you may like, but this doesn’t mean you can’t check in with them, ask how they are going and see if they have any concerns regarding the ever-changing situation and how it is affecting their lives.

Loneliness and confusion are bad for morale so be there for your team and business heads will appreciate it.

  • Mental health

The pandemic has been traumatic for people across the globe, and has affected people in diverse and unpleasant ways. For yourself, as a leader, it is important to be on top of your mental health. The changing nature of the pandemic presents many problems for the executive, and these problems can prove stressful. Try and take time for yourself so that you can be in tune with your mental health. Whether it’s exercise, a hobby, meditation or something completely, take care of your mental health and you will take care of business.

  • Humility

The pandemic has thrown up many bizarre business situations that we can’t all be on top of. Therefore, it is important to be humble and listen to your team if they have any suggestions on how things should work regarding a particular situation. It is important to listen to ideas and allow your team to contribute regardless of any physical distance in operations. This is not to be confused with vulnerability – it is more about providing an open space for staff to do what they are good at.

  • Empathy

As aforementioned, the pandemic has hit people very hard. You may not see how it may have affected one of your employees, especially as we continue to shift to remote working. Perhaps they have lost a loved one here or in another country? Perhaps an immediate family member has lost work? You can’t expect people to tell you these things if they don’t want to, but it’s important that your team knows you are there for them and more than happy to listen to how they are feeling in this ridiculously unfortunate time.

  • Reflexes

The situation in Australia, and across the world, is changing almost daily. You have to be able to respond to these changes on both a functional and personal level. These changing situations can be very abstract and businesses require leaders who can step up and handle them regardless of how bizarre they may seem.

  • Adaptability

The modern executive, in this period, has to be adaptable and relearn where necessary. Furthermore, they have to be able to share that relearning with their team and ensure you are all on-board to move ahead into a new era of workplace operations. Things have changed in a very big way, and the way businesses operate are not, and will not, ever be the same – you have to adapt and usher your team into the new era.