There is a popular English proverb “
cometh the hour, cometh the man”. This came true in the COVID-19 crisis when a new segment in leadership and a new mantle of leaders came into the spotlight. This, once-in-a-century pandemic, shook the very basics of the workplace and became an epic test for leaders.
The CEOs, CXOs, CTOs, CHROs, business development leaders, product leaders, boardroom heads had to cope with extraordinary demands of consumers, employees, industry and society at large. It was a Titanic kind of scenario where no one knew what to do when the iceberg was nearing the ship and every hope was pinned on the captain to steer the ship ahead.
Leaders faced unsurmountable pressure to make a positive transformation to the business even as most employees started work from home, over night. Many questions remained unanswered. Teams looked to leaders for direction and support. Some leaders stepped up their traditional roles and responsibilities, while some tried desperate moves like aligning with rivals and yet, a new brass of people who could lead their workforce through the crisis emerged.
“We are deeply grateful and have immense respect for every person of member organisations who have risked their life and safety to fight this pandemic”
Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Group
To understand the leadership response to COVID-19 and the impact on the leadership brass, TimesJobs surveyed 853 C-suite leaders (CTOs, CHROs, CXOs, business and product development leaders). The main findings are:
- Most 62% said that the COVID-19 crisis has been the toughest phase of their career
- Most (28%) said that to manage this crisis participative leadership traits came into play
- Most (31%) respondents said that sales/business development leaders faced the most pressure during the pandemic
Rakhee Sharma brings you the detailed report.
Ratan Tata was twice as active in helping employees and society during COVID-19
A leader not only sees value in his employees, but also invests in their wellbeing. This adage extended to society as well since another survey from TimesJobs found that most (72%) firms were committed to employee well-being initiatives and has included the employees and their dependents too.
We asked C-suite leaders to name the India Inc. leader, who was twice as active in helping their employees. Most 57% survey respondents voted for Ratan Tata. Notably, the Tata Group committed Rs 1,500 crore for COVID-19 relief. Tata employees have, in addition, contributed tens of crores towards various response projects.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, CM & MD, Paytm/One97 voted as the most influential startup founder
The COVID-19 shock devastated most industries and the startup ecosystem was no exception. Sequoia issued its now-famous memo calling Coronavirus ‘the Black Swan of 2020’ and Nasscom said 40% of Indian tech startups were forced to halt operations. TimesJobs survey asked the business leaders about their choice of the most influential startup founder. Most respondents (24%) voted for Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director, Paytm/One97.
Complete Report Here: https://content.timesjobs.com/photo/84821218.cms