So, it’s Kamala [comma, la] — and of all the responses that immediately flooded social media the one that caught my eye was from none other than Sarah Palin. She’s an unlikely supporter of Harris, but apparently, the implicit bond that comes from being one of only three female major party candidates in history outweighed the political differences and Palin took to Instagram to offer congratulations and some advice to the new nominee.

Much of Palin’s advice are lessons learned from enduring a brutal campaign, but one nugget applies to all of us: “…remember YOU were chosen for who YOU are.” It’s a good mantra to follow whether you are running to become vice president or working in a slightly less visible position. No matter your role, you’re wise not to allow handlers (whether they be well-intentioned friends, family, colleagues, or political operatives) to change your essence into something that fits their mold or image of you.

It’s tempting — especially in the hiring or dating process (same thing) or when you’re seeking to enhance your influence – to try to be what you think the other person wants you to be. This applies whether you are the interviewer or interviewee – there is a pull to become a tad inauthentic when it seems like being our truest selves will work against us. In those moments, resist the urge and let you be you. In the long run, it’s the only winning option.


Kamala in Dubuque Iowa, June 10, 2019

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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