How a Pandemic Changes Leadership

When governments across the world began to issue stay-at-home orders and companies mandated virtual work, everyone had to shift their priorities. Business leaders were faced with some tough real-time challenges. As leaders look to broader, longer-term concerns, here are a few insights from Real Leaders, the preferred partner publication of YPO, on leading through difficult times, how social entrepreneurs are powering through the pandemic and what life might look like beyond COVID.

Swiss distiller Morand pivots using their fruit alcohol to produce hand sanitizer to meet local demand during coronavirus. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse


Not ‘Business as Usual’: How 5 Social Entrepreneurs Are Fighting the Coronavirus

As leaders who aim to solve a diverse range of problems, from poverty to pollution, social entrepreneurs are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and help in a time of crisis.

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5 Leadership Lessons From Female Leaders to Power Us Through Difficult Times

As leaders, we must build confidence while guiding and supporting employees and customers through the storm. But there’s some good news: we can look to female leaders for their leadership lessons during difficult times.

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Bill Gates and Warren Buffett speak with journalist Charlie Rose at Columbia Business School 27 January 2017 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

6 Common Mistakes Leaders Make When Making a Decision

The reason Warren Buffett and his partner Charlie Munger are so successful is because they have thought deeply about decision-making processes. Business leaders are decision-making machines. They make decisions all day long, which is, after all, what they get paid for. Nevertheless, there are six common decision-making traps they fall into.

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4 Ways Business Can Look Beyond the Pandemic Scramble

Organizations are now operating in a state of chaos and uncertainty, thanks to COVID-19. Planning for the threats and opportunities ahead is an unprecedented leadership challenge—and relying on trusted categories will be futile. Leaders will need to develop the ability to seek clarity across gradients of possibility — that is, the skill of full-spectrum thinking.

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For more crisis leadership lessons like these check out the COVID-19: Leading Through Crisis page on YPO.org. All YPO members can find breaking news, offer insights and view current discussions happening about COVID-19 impact within the YPO community on the YPO member-only platform.

Real Leaders is the Preferred Partner Publication of YPO and inspires better leaders for a better world. It’s the world’s first sustainable business and leadership magazine. The company was established as a B-Corporation and subscribes to a vision of social and environmental responsibility while also promoting gender balance in the workplace. Real Leaders is a global event sponsor, online content provider and publisher that delivers education and idea exchange to YPO and beyond. Real Leaders has interviewed business leaders across the globe who are making a positive difference in the world, including: Richard Branson, Forest Whitaker, Sharon Stone, Sara Blakely, FW de Klerk, Desmond Tutu, Muhammad Yunus, Sheryl Sandberg, Laura Turner Seydel, Shirin Ebadi and Shari Arison. The company has a presence at events of global significance, such as The World Economic Forum in Davos, the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Summit Of Nobel Peace Laureates, for which it produces a special peace edition of Real Leaders magazine.