The unusual times in which we are living has shifted the spotlight on the behavior of many.

  • Greedy businesses were always there, as were generous ones, but now we hear about them in different ways.
  • There were always heroic health care workers, and robotic ones, but now the positive stories are being told.
  • People always had tyrants for managers and magnanimous leaders, but new conditions have brought those inherent traits to light.
  • We always had some great teachers and some not-so-great teachers, only now parents have a better perspective on who is in each category.
  • We’ve elected proactive leaders and reactive leaders and the crisis is bringing the differences to light.

In short, there have always been both stellar and challenged organizations and individuals, but the change in circumstances alters the window through which we can see them. Governors are now holding national press conferences, teachers are Zooming into our living rooms and nurses are posting pictures about their working conditions. We have a different view of strengths, sacrifices and shortcomings.

Whether your work is shared widely or you do it in isolation, act as if the world could see how you perform. Be one of the good ones, if only for yourself.

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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