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Leadership Under Pressure

Leadership pressure: What are the causes and how do leaders cope, especially during a generational crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic?

Have you felt extra pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic?

24%Significantly more pressure
43%Moderately more pressure
21%Slightly more pressure
12%No change in pressure
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How would you rate your ability to lead under pressure on a scale of 1 - 5, 1 being “I struggle” and 5 being “I excel” under pressure?

5%1 - I struggle under pressure
14%2
35%3 - I neither struggle nor excel under pressure
29%4
17%5 - I excel under pressure
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Are the stressors you currently experience daily at work different to the daily stressors you experienced before the COVID-19 pandemic?

10%Yes, significantly different
48%Yes, moderately different
34%Yes, slightly different
9%No change
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491 responses

What are your main perceived sources of pressure? Select all that apply (scroll down for more options)

38%Meeting business goals/KPIs/OKRs
58%Workload
38%Satisfying stakeholders
38%Maintaining a positive facade
36%Intrinsic/self-pressure
52%Carrying the responsibility for my team’s morale/wellbeing
48%Carrying the responsibility for my team’s performance
48%Balancing work and home responsibilities
24%Balancing work and home responsibilities
11%Non-work related sources
1%None of these
1%Other
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What are the top actions organizations can take to alleviate pressure on leaders? Select all that apply (scroll down for more options)

50%Strong, unified company leadership
67%Clear goals and expectations on the part of leaders
31%Allow leaders to set their own OKRs/KPIs
42%Set a clear, purpose-driven mission statement
26%Set OKRs/KPIs that address team wellbeing
48%Consistent and transparent communication from the top
36%Emotional intelligence training
31%Leadership training
2%None of these
2%Other
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What are the top qualities leaders need to successfully guide a team through periods of heightened pressure? Select all that apply (scroll down for more options).

66%Empathy
78%Strong communication skills
42%Demonstrate agile thinking
42%The ability to regulate emotions
44%Decisiveness
40%The ability to influence other leaders
29%Directness
59%Emotional intelligence
39%The ability to keep a calm facade
41%The ability to keep a sense of humour
31%A willingness to show vulnerability
31%Resilience
42%The ability to express gratitude
46%The ability to be a good listener
1%None of these
1%Other
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Do you do any of the following to manage your personal stress levels? (Select all that apply)

64%Exercise
66%Connecting with family/friends
23%Participating in peer support groups/sessions
28%Joining work-organized activities (e.g., socials, happy hours, quiz nights)
27%Taking mental health days
35%Meditation / mindfulness
32%Setting meeting-free periods
41%Disconnecting/unplugging from work during non-working hours
26%Reading (not related to work)
3%None of these
1%Other
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Does your organization provide any form of leadership training?

50%Yes
10%No, and I’m not interested in leadership training
26%No, but I’m interested in leadership training
14%No, but I’ve sought leadership training independently
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How would you rate the leadership training you’ve received from your organization? (1 is very unsatisfied, 5 is very satisfied)

5%1 = very unsatisfied
11%2
48%3 = somewhat satisfied
26%4
10%5 = very satisfied
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Do you feel supported by other leaders within your organization?

23%Yes, strongly supported
47%Yes, somewhat supported
19%Neutral
8%No, not particularly supported
3%Not supported
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354 responses

How has your organization responded to your leadership decisions during the pandemic?

28%Very positively
35%Somewhat positively
21%Slightly positively
13%Neutral
1%Slightly negatively
1%Somewhat negatively
1%Very negatively
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