An interview with Anabel Fielding, founder and former CEO of Quintessentially, and founder and CEO of Alite.
Posted 3 months ago by Lisa Attenborough
I have been chatting to Anabel on how she feels she has needed to adapt and enhance her leadership style and approach during COVID-19 as well as what she will take forward into the new world post lockdown.
Do you think that you have changed your style of leadership or management over the last few weeks, how?
No, I have not changed my style intrinsically but this is a new situation and it has required me to dial up qualities and attributes that were perhaps not to the fore before. There is great demand on showing steady positivity about a decidedly unknown future and having considerable life experience is certainly a bonus.
How do you inspire and motivate people right now?
I am trying to find a healthy balance between empathy, reflection, purpose and motivation. I am trying to maintain the dual focus of dealing with what is required to get through today whilst preparing and positioning for medium to long term tomorrow. I am electing not to work at the same pace and productivity as I did before and am encouraging those around me to do the same. I feel our days of reckoning are still very much to come.
What has been the best change you have made as a result of social distancing?
I am generally now much more conscious of others, of my own position and contribution, and whether certain courses of action will turn out to be viewed positively or negatively in future. I am happy to stay home and am very grateful to live where I do, I also see the direct effect it has had on my neighbourhood.
What will you never go back to doing and why?
Complain about not having time to master simple technology. Postpone call backs to family and friends. Allow myself to so critically ignore cries for help from our awesome NHS.
What will you do more of now life has changed?
Appreciate every minute that I feel well. Greet and offer support to my neighbours. View all things related to 'life close to home' as far greater in importance than former alluring international experiences - although I will definitely go back to travel when the time allows.
Thanks to Christopher Gower for sharing their work on Unsplash.
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