When did it become so negatively received, so egregious, and such a violation to resist the pack mentality? I'm not sure when it happened or why, but it seems that to be elite (meaning to stand out from the rest) has such a negative connotation that it's just not acceptable anymore to have a different opinion than the rest. As a result, I become more convicted to resist the pack mentality and think for myself. 

Human beings are hardwired to follow a dominant voice or influence. It's why there have been, and will always be, more followers than leaders. It's a difficult path to follow because you're always having to make the case for change. The hardest part of Leadership is managing your own personal biases, feelings, assumptions and perceptions, much less those of the people who look to you for guidance.  

A paradox is a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained, may prove to be well founded or true. I've always felt that the idea of leadership was a paradox unto itself, meaning that it's been studied more as a science or methodology than an art form. In my view, leadership is an art to be learned just as painting, playing a piano, or learning a new language. When it comes down to it, it's the art of learning people more than anything else. 

The reality of life Post-COVID-19 has not fully manifested itself, and its consequences for our families, businesses, organizations, economy, and society will play out over the rest of 2020 and beyond. Right now, we really need practical, values-driven, focused leadership like never before. Going forward, Personal Leadership Effectiveness will be at a premium!

We all need something in front of us to pull us to greater things. Something that compels and resonates with us in such a way that we rejoice in the journey. Some have to have specific goals driven by specific needs, while others have goals that are not so specific because the need is more overarching than specific. Whichever is the case, there has to be something in front us that keeps us from being complacent, comfortable or resistance to change. 

Just as isolation was imposed on all of us by COVID-19, so will change be imposed on all Leaders and their organizations. Those with high RC Factors (resistance to change) will not be around for long. Those with the ability to change their leadership style to fit the challenges and demands of a transformed workplace and workforce will thrive.

It doesn't take much of a disruption for people to start thinking about moving on from one path to another. COVID-19 is more than a mere disruption. It's  changing everything to such a degree that more people than ever are wondering how much of our their lives are going to change. No one has all the answers but, rather than focus on what to do, let's consider what not to do.

There's never been a better time to reflect and re-examine everything. The kind of correction we're going through right now has provided a major opportunity to 'throw it all on the wall', take a time-invested look at the landscape of our personal and professional lives, and decide how we want to change, transform or reinvent in every area of our lives.

Right now, everyone's looking for leadership somewhere. There are questions that leaders and aspiring leaders need to be asking themselves to determine if they're either leading with authority and consistency, or if they're lacking in some area that would make the difference between being the best or otherwise.  

There are a lot of leaders in this world with a lot of recommendations on how to lead in a crisis. They're all being tested right now during the era of COVID-19 and they'll be tested like never before. We are living through an historical event that will influence how we behave for the rest of our lives, just as we have done since 9/11. Here are 5 recommendations that have guided me through many crisis, both personally and professionally. They've stood the test of time and will do so now. 

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