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Posted June 24, 2020

WEX's Anant Patel on Collaboration During Times of Crisis


WEX’s Anant Patel Discusses Leadership During COVID-19

Pre-COVID, it was hard for any of us to put ourselves in today’s world. There were classic pandemic films like Contagion and Outbreak that helped us imagine what a world mid-pandemic would be like, but to most of us, these depictions were apocalyptic and made up of imagination and fantasy. We would watch in horror while also in a willing suspension of disbelief.

In a recent article published in the HR Strategic Report, WEX’s Anant Patel, Vice President, EMEA & APAC, takes a pause to stop and think about where we are, mid-pandemic. He discusses how leading within an international corporation takes a new set of skills during COVID. To manage a team during this crisis requires throwing out the old playbook and approaching the work on the lookout for new ways to challenge, motivate, and drive people. 

In his article, Patel gives examples of actions taken by his peers in other organizations to help create unity among the workforce, and ultimately what he posits is that the most effective tools for people management during COVID are simple and straightforward. The first is placing a strong emphasis on collaboration. Patel also discusses what it means to lead as a giver and describes approaching his work with a focus on transparent and honest communication with his staff. 

In our current work environment during COVID-19, transparent, giving and collaborative leadership will help us continue to be creative and thrive despite the challenges posed by this new normal.

Click here to read Anant Patel’s article published on LinkedIn on how to lead during this global pandemic.

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Nori Gale

Nori is a digital content marketer for WEX and is based out of our Portland office. Nori joined WEX in 2019, bringing over 20 years of creative experience in digital marketing and content writing. Nori is focused on enhancing our thought leadership messaging and driving more meaningful engagement on WEXinc.