Under Pressure: Leading in Uncertain Times
Just months ago, boards were contemplating what lay ahead for a new decade. The impact of changing community expectations, evolving technology and a growing climate threat were among the key topics being discussed.
Those issues haven’t gone away, but they’ve been sidelined by a situation few people could have foreseen. The rapid spread of COVID-19 has affected every corner of the globe, with unprecedented measures being taken to protect people and reduce its severity. While public health is the top priority, economic and social considerations are close behind. However effectively the virus is contained, its impact will reverberate around the world for years to come.
Governments, businesses and individuals are all under pressure and facing extended disruptions to their usual ways of doing things. For many, our physical environment has been reduced to our own four walls. Leaders are expected to step up, creating some semblance of calm and continuity. Around them, information is changing by the day. Conflicting data and opinions add to the challenge.