The COVID-19 pandemic response demanded that nurse leaders make decisions in a constantly changing landscape. This article outlines leadership approaches that can serve leaders faced with challenges and includes two examples from the field.

One quality leaders can explore is the capacity to forecast the future. Canton (2015) identifies this quality as “future smart,” which is developing an ability to pay attention to emergent signals, early warnings, news or consumer behaviors that precede and later shape trends. Future smart is about understanding and exploring the possible scenarios of the future, so one will be able to better prepare for it today.