• Glin Bayley

How to lead with certainty in times of uncertainty

There are plenty of things you can be certain of in these uncertain times, that make you a much stronger leader.





Right now, the world around us is dealing with a significant magnitude of change and it feels like there is a huge amount of uncertainty facing many of us.

How long will this last? Will I be safe? Will my family and friends be ok? Will I have a job? Will I be able to cope with working and home-schooling for the next 6months? Will I keep my sanity with this isolation? Will my business survive? What will happen to the economy if this continues for the remainder of the year?

So many questions and some of them can’t be answered – we don’t have certainty.


But when it comes to executive leadership we need to lead with certainty even when it feels like there is none.

So, what can you be certain of at this time?

1. This too shall pass – it always does


2. You can and must trust yourself if you want be an effective leader


3. You can choose to accept the uncertainty – it’s much better than fearing it


4. Boundaries between work and home are more necessary now than ever – don’t be afraid of being clear on what you need for yourself and from others


5. We will be in social isolation for at least the next 90 days so you can create a 90-day plan for being at home


6. Shortening the planning cycles at work and doing rolling forecasts will be more effective than trying to do one-time annual plans at this time


7. Not everyone will have an ergonomic set up at home – therefore you must encourage movement and exercise to maintain physical well-being


8. Mental and emotional well-being is critical as many will be navigating fear, so a self-care routine is critical for you, your family and your team – put this on the agenda for your daily/weekly meetings


9. That we are always better together – connect with others regularly to keep spirits up during this time


10. That we will absolutely have a new way of working post Covid-19, home working has been proved possible for many roles, paradigms have shifted – so allow yourself some time to think about the future work/life you want, and consider what this will mean for your business and team


11. Time is nature is always restorative so taking time to go for walk each day will recharge you when you feel low


12. Transparent, clear and consistent communication is necessary to keep people feeling safe


13. There is a need to create psychological safety for people on video meetings – it’s important to help them feel safe to contribute and have a voice remember they are inviting work into their safe space at home through video – this should be respected.

These are just a few things to be certain of and consider in this time – there is much more that you can be certain of but start with this list.

I work with established C-level and senior female executives to have an equal seat at the table. I work with them to create the leadership impact and have confidence for the life they want.


Please reach out if you’d like a free one-hour video call to do a 360 diagnostic of where you need to focus your leadership during this time.

Email Glin@heartofhuman.com and put 360 Leadership in the subject title.

There is no obligation to work with me after this session, I won’t be selling anything to you – if you wanted to discuss working with me beyond that you would be most welcome to ask what that would look like, but only if that’s what you wanted.


This session is a gift for a limited period to assist female leaders to lead with gravitas during this time.

Or feel free to understand what is getting in the way of your leadership, by completing the unstoppable human scorecard to see how unstoppable you are. https://unstoppablehuman.scoreapp.com/

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