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Leadership During COVID | Noontime Knowledge Series

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As team members continue to Work From Home (WFH) during COVID, there are many challenges and opportunities for Leaders to enhance team leader/member productivity. More than ever, team members need to feel comfortable sharing their personal situations, communicate their concerns, and provide recommendations to Leaders. Leaders must be mindful to actively approach team members to provide timely coaching and support.

How should leaders establish trust, respect, and transparency to support effective communications, information sharing, and follow-through on commitments?

How should leaders engage virtually in key decision-making processes with internal teams and external partners in ways that enhance trust and teamwork?

During this event, learn how to:

  • Effectively pivot to new delivery channels, new products, new operating models with enough time to manage the impact of changes
  • Better manage your limited time to thoroughly engage with stakeholders and gain agreement on plans
  • Coach, execute plans, and measure performance management and accountability
  • Enhance team collaboration by setting consistent standards that engage all team members
  • Aim to build strong internal and external partnerships and team collaboration
  • Recognize communication challenges and make adjustments for unique personal sacrifices
  • Focus on inclusion and encourage all team members to lead


Welcome and Introductions (5 minutes)

Presentation (10 minutes)

  • Introduction to key leadership topics
  • Identify key skills, experience, and role-responsibilities that are needed to be an effective leader in 2021 and beyond
  • Review how leadership impacts an organization, team members, morale, and productivity

Case Scenario Breakout Sessions (25 minutes)

  • Participants will be invited to join one of three different scenarios via virtual breakout rooms
  • Topics will address workplace psychological safety, leadership/team member coaching sessions, and effective leadership while working remotely

Tips and Techniques (15 minutes)

  • Group discussion to debrief the case scenario breakout experiences
  • Develop an individual “Leadership Note to Myself” next steps document

Questions and Answers (5 minutes)


This event is open to the public. For more information about this event or the Noontime Knowledge Series, please contact Maryellen Novak at postbacc [[at]] sps [[dot]] columbia [[dot]] edu.


About the Noontime Knowledge Series

Noontime Knowledge is a series of online events designed to provide valuable and topical information via an interactive approach. People are encouraged to engage with the presenters by submitting questions at the point of registration or by email, in addition to answering surveys. Most events include break-out sessions that are customized to meet the participants' diverse interests, as well as virtual mingling sessions.

We’re creating a community of critical thinkers who are empowered to continue analyzing and discussing each event’s topic beyond the one hour experience. After the event, participants are invited to join a private LinkedIn Group where everyone can continue networking, and access the Noontime Knowledge event resources such as recordings, articles, presentations, and more.

For questions or to propose a topic you would like to present, please contact Maryellen Novak at postbacc [[at]] sps [[dot]] columbia [[dot]] edu.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. Please notify us at least 10 days in advance if you require closed captioning, sign-language interpretation or any other disability accommodations. Alternatively, Disability Services can be reached at 212.854.2388 and disability [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu.

For additional information about program offerings at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, please contact an Admissions Counselor at 212-854-9666 or inquire [[at]] sps [[dot]] columbia [[dot]] edu.