• The pandemic is putting company leaders to the ultimate test. 
  • Last month, company review website Glassdoor released its ranking of the highest-rated CEOs during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The site analyzed employee approval ratings to identify CEOs who received high praise from employees since the onset of COVID-19. 
  • Mark Aslett, CEO of Mercury Systems, was ranked first on this list for his leadership during the pandemic. 
  • Business Insider spoke with Aslett on the steps he’s taken to invest in employees, prioritize communication, and place health and safety first. 
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Businesses are facing unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. 

This is especially true for CEOs, who have to address remote work and office reopening plans, employee morale, financial strain, and the anxiety of an unpredictable global pandemic, in the midst of it all.

Some executives are doing a better job juggling everything than others. Last month, company review website Glassdoor released a ranking of the highest-rated CEOs during the coronavirus pandemic. The site analyzed employee approval ratings to identify executives who received high praise from employees since the onset of the pandemic. Mark Aslett, CEO of aerospace and defense technology company Mercury systems, earned the top spot.

Aslett is leading the Andover, Massachusetts-based company through the pandemic in a distinctly employee-centered way that earned him a leadership score of 95%, surpassing the ratings of CEOs at companies like Zoom and Box. 

“My biggest learning as a CEO by far is the importance of the cultures and values of an organization,” Aslett told Business Insider. “Over time, and particularly in the midst of the pandemic, we’ve tried to put employees at the very center of our decision making.” 

Business Insider spoke with Aslett about some of the lessons he’s learned on leading during a time of crisis.