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While the pandemic put even the strongest business leaders to the test, many argue that further challenges still await leaders – with the Bank of England predicting the longest UK recession in 100 years. However, any sports fan will know that the greatest leaders often shine brightest when facing adversity.

Mike Morini, a former NFL football player turned tech CEO at WorkForce Software, shares leadership lessons that have helped him lead through the toughest times. While 2023 will continue to be challenging, he encourages other leaders to hone these leadership strategies to ready their company for what’s to come in the months ahead.

“There’s value in making tough decisions, which often make it easier to identify tangible growth opportunities versus short-term ‘nice to haves’. However, refining strategy and priorities to yield better long-term results must be carefully managed and communicated,” Morini says.

“It all comes back to transparent communications alongside rewards and recognition for key staff when the time is right,” he adds. “In the face of uncertainty or adversity, there is a need for leaders to be just that: true leaders. From my experience, striking a balance between empathetic and decisive leadership will build staff trust and confidence that lasts way beyond the turbulence that may lie ahead.”

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