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Roughly five months into a global pandemic, I became the go-to leader for more than 400 people. Was it a daunting task? You bet. But not for the reasons you may think. 

The logistics were certainly challenging. As I’m sure you can relate, I had to figure out the best way to manage via Teams and Zoom. But it wasn’t the details of virtual life that captured most of my focus; it was the people. As the office managing partner for Grant Thornton LLP’s Dallas office, I was now working alongside hundreds of hardworking colleagues, many of whom are parents. 

How was this pandemic affecting them, and how could I help?

I won’t lie to you: Being a leader during a crisis like this been the greatest challenge of my career thus far. And like many people, you may be struggling to picture what leadership–let alone work–look like in the future. In fact, according to a recent poll from the American Psychological Association, nearly half of U.S. adults said the pandemic has made planning for their future feel impossible. But I think I have something to offer.   

Here are some tips I believe will help you and your organization thrive in the new year and beyond.