How to lead when you're forced to isolate

Do a few things brilliantly rather than trying to do too many things reasonably well.

by Simon Hayward

In November Boris Johnson experienced first-hand what managers around the country have been grappling with for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Forced into self isolation, the prime minister was leading the UK via video screen while he self isolated in his flat at 10 Downing Street. For someone used to attending meetings and briefings in person, it was probably quite the shift. 

Without the social cues of body language and informal chatter, it is hard to ‘read the room’ when leading from isolation. The blurring of boundaries can take a strain on a leader’s mental wellbeing, and it is hard to stay visible when your only communication is through a computer screen. 

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