S4E45. How Good Leaders Navigate a Crisis with Kon Apostolopoulos

Kon Apostolopoulos is the founder and CEO of Fresh Biz Solutions, a human capital management consulting group that provides performance improvement and training solutions to help organizations develop people, improve business results, and benefit from a comprehensive talent management strategy. He’s also the co-author of the timely book, 7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis, and a regular contributor to Thrive Global and Achievers Engagement Blog.

As a speaker and expert in performance improvement and change management, Kon has delivered hundreds of workshops and spoken at countless events for leaders in North America and Europe, sharing fresh ideas and best practices that engage his audiences and empower participants to take the next bold step forward in their professional and personal lives.

The world is faced with a crisis which has already greatly affected our approach to leadership. As employees work from home, we’ve learned the hard way that trust in our staff is critical. Going without it is no longer an option.

So many leaders see leadership and business as being all about them. The truth is, leadership isn’t about any one person. Leadership is about the people you lead. It’s because of selfish leaders that we see negative trends like the “great resignation” happening all around us. Good leaders have to meet the needs of their employees, but they also have to strike a balance between providing direction and not getting in the way.

Navigating the global crisis on a personal level has meant reckoning with the fact that life is going to be full of good times, and bad. Every positive moment in life stands out in contrast to what’s around us. Before, we may have seen friends and loved ones on a daily basis. But for many, that experience was magnified in meaning after spending months apart. Everything in life, the ups and downs, happens in natural contrast with one another.

Kindness is desperately needed in our world today. We need to be kind to ourselves, first and foremost, but we also need to extend it to those around us. The minute you show kindness to someone else, you get it back in return.

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