We are facing working situations and complications that most have never faced before. And while enlightened leaders want to provide flexibility to their team members to accommodate these trying and challenging times, the work must still be done.

This paradox raises leadership flexibility to new importance. How flexible is too flexible? How do we get the work done and take care of people? Here’s how to strike that balance.

What are We Balancing?

When you strip away all of the noise of the news and things about this situation that seems new and unique, the fundamental question is no different than what leaders should always consider.

How do we balance the needs of the business from the needs of the team members?

Or, how do we balance the work with the workers?

In The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership we introduced the 3-O Model of leadership that states that leadership is about finding the balance between three factors: