Pandemic Silver Lining: How Executives Can Build A Sustainable Future Built On Stakeholder Resilience

Global Awakening

To date, COVID leaves its mark as the most threatening global experience humanity and the economy has shared. Yet there is a pandemic silver lining-a valuable opportunity for executives to shift from being on auto-pilot using strategies and success of the past, to effectively building a sustainable future that leaves everyone in a better position.

Let’s Give It Some Context

Stakeholders are diverse and plentiful and will need to be considered at every step in setting up the framework and business initiatives.  There are stakeholder groups, the planet, and yes, a leader needs to include themselves in this proposition, we are all interconnected beneficiaries. The future is hybrid, remote, teams, and feeling confident in managing and relating this new normal is essential, here’s a Team Success Guide: Best Practices For Leading Hybrid Teams full of strategies to take insightful action.

Add a High-Level Pandemic Overview

What the pandemic did was completely expose the systems, built through leadership initiatives, that didn’t respect and consider an equitable future and now it’s time to establish a new framework in order to bridge the gaps. This is an expansive and deep topic, but it’s safe to say that what lies ahead is a social, economic, and environmental transformation to create the most health, value, and positive impact.

Add a Heart Level Pandemic Perspective

A secondary and shared sense is that our personal and collective hearts have been opened and there’s no turning back.  What one person has experienced another can relate in some deeper and greater empathetic capacity.  The truth is that leaders are in the greatest time of their lives to transform their life, career, and organization while making a significant economic impact, however, it’s dependent on whether they use an executive leadership framework where they embody new principles of curiosity, compassion, and courage. Want some personalized coaching specific to pandemic recovery and realignment to meet your goals, no problem, here’s something you might be interested in, an 8 Week Course To Transform Your Health, Performance, and Well-Being So You Can Enjoy the Highest Possible Outcomes in Life and Business.

” The pandemic exposed organizational liabilities and opportunities. Stakeholder resilience is the linchpin to sustainable business success.”

Allison Adams

What’s Involved?

If this sounds pretty simple and straightforward it is, but change is the most difficult thing, especially when leaders are relying on business school information, know-how, and experience to navigate current and future challenges.  In leadership, having the capacity to manage your internal and external risks and resources is the single most important function of your position. Seeking and experiencing lasting change requires a physiological reset, regulation, and management, and here are some ways to begin the process so your decisions include a wider, stakeholder, landscape.

Where to Start?

  1. Know your internal risks (F.U.N.D.A: Fears, Unconscious Bias, Nervousness, Doubt, and Anxieties). These are acute and chronic conditions that threaten your mind-body well-being and performance.
  2. Know your external threats ( V.U.C.A) Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity). These are threats that cause professional pain and pressure that unless you have a framework to handle them, you cannot use your function at your highest level due to cortical inhibition caused by stress.
  3. Learn to lead with an Open Mind ( Curiosity: seeing with fresh eyes from a multi-stakeholder perspective)
  4. Learn to lead with an Open Heart (Compassion: feeling it from a conscious perspective, tuning into your intuitive guidance-heart-based leadership).
  5. Learn to lead from an Open Will (Courage: sensing it from a WE, not ME perspective so there is an opportunity for the highest outcome to manifest).
  6. Keep a daily check on how you’re managing yourself to strengthen, align, and balance your position and intentions.  

Potential Outcomes

The above are daily functions every leader needs to be aware of and pay close attention to be a leader within a framework that can reach and experience the highest potential outcomes.  This is an executive framework that will work exceptionally well for a team and a whole organization so don’t be afraid to share it with your team and employees so they know how much you care and are seeking diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Let the ‘field’ of highest future possibilities be the silver lining to this pandemic we can collectively step into and influence. 

Allison Adams is an international wellness entrepreneur and founder of Sacred Leadership Global. She guides leaders in creating a conscious, sustainable lifestyle and leadership brand that’s sourced through health, well-being, values, and heart. Her transformational experiences include Personal and Team Coaching, Wellness Sabbaticals, Retreats, and Community. Each offer is intentionally curated to support the needs, aspirations, and transformation of clients worldwide. Connect via LinkedIn.

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