By Greg Marchi
Welcome to the birth of the Transformational Leader 2.0.
The COVID-19 pandemic is setting the stage for the emergence of a new breed of leader who combines tried-and-true leadership models in new and dynamic ways. Some leaders are using the command-and-control style of leadership to literally keep the organizational ship afloat and moving forward while also focusing on remaining agile to respond in a rapidly changing environment where the effects of the COVID-19 virus, policy decisions, and employee and client responses can change in the matter of minutes. Leaders also are embracing relational leadership in new and deeper ways in order to throw a lifeline to their workforce, many of whom are facing pressing personal challenges triggered by the pandemic.
Greg Marchi is the Assistant Dean of Executive Education for Texas A&M University Center for Executive Development