How science can tell you are an emergent leader

05 May 2021

COVID-19 may be a devastating period for the world. Still, there has also been a surge in opportunities such as rapid digitisation, the creation of new services, and many changes in schools and the workplace.

At work, the current situation has also given rise to managers to identify colleagues who can take on leadership roles in the future.

They notice issues and try to solve them

Problem-solvers are one of the traits of leaders. As we moved from physical to face-to-face conferencing, who were the employees that performed the best during the transition?

Other than seamlessly hopping on the new tech and apps, which employees also reach out to help the other team members get on board and even smooth out the kinks? The sense of being proactive and supporting the team manager is a sign of responsibility and forward-thinking.

They keep track of deadlines

Working from home can be an "out of sight, out of mind" situation for some managers. And with all the new changes happening, extra eyes and minds are needed to keep track of ongoing projects.

In this case, who are the employees agile-minded enough to the office going and keeping clients and vendors updated, tasks completed, and e-mails sent.

They keep the work going and assign new tasks to be done

Emergent leaders are seen as "in charge" and know the best thing to do in crisis when the boss is not around.

On regular workdays, tasks are delegated according to expertise or job roles, but emergent leaders, they know to assign them to whoever can best solve them.

As colleagues, these informal leaders have a closer relationship with the team and understand who is most willing and capable of getting the work done.

They also have a way of giving feedback to the staff as they already established a close interpersonal relationship.

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