Why the Pandemic is Creating Much Better Leaders

Every adverse event has negative and harmful consequences. Covid-19 is no different; it has brought sickness and death along with drastically changing our way of life. But in darkness, there is always light. Even though the light might be challenging to see at times, it reveals itself over time. 

At my first live keynote since March, I told the group,

“Only leaders who are tested become great.”

This pandemic has tested us, and because of that, better leaders are being created.  

Take Jerome, a CEO at a medium-sized technology firm, as an example. Pre-covid, everything was going along fine with his company. Overall performance was at an above-average level, management was on the same page, and he felt his company had solidified itself as a market leader. Then Covid sent a wrecking ball through his industry and company. Overnight the business lost 30% of its revenue, team members transitioned to remote work, and uncertainty punctured everyone’s mind. 

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