The pandemic has forced us to change the way we work, think and interact with one another. Some are still trying to figure out what’s next, learning to pivot, learning new technologies and coming to grips with the “current normal.” Others are not only surviving, but many are moving forward, some significantly, because they’ve stepped-up to lead and decided to be a change catalyst. Many have done this without title or rank but simply based on their actions.

The question we all must ask ourselves is – “How do I step out, advance, grow and become a change agent, versus being a spectator or follow the crowd?”

The pandemic has revealed that those with the vision, confidence and courage to act and lead (even if they don’t get it all right), are the people we want to follow. We look up to them because they are not afraid to go the opposite direction of the herd. They are the difference makers!

The second question to ask yourself is – “Do I have the skills required to engage others, build trust, secure buy-in and create willing followers?” If not, now is the time to start developing them.

To get you started, consider the following areas to evaluate yourself relating to how you lead and influence colleagues, project team members and even friends and family.

Ask yourself “Am I…”

  1. Thriving in a virtual world by embracing and using the new tools available to me?
  2. Developing new success habits and behaviours that will serve me post-pandemic?
  3. Intentionally improving my leadership skills, abilities and mindset?
  4. Communicating more purposefully, clearly and frequently?
  5. Open to new and different perspectives that cause me to consider, reflect and find new and better paths forward?
  6. Sharing my anxieties, concerns and fears with trusted colleagues, friends and family members and seeking help if required?

These are only a few suggestions. You undoubtedly have others you can add.

The bottom line is this – take small steps NOW to move forward and act decisively in areas where quick wins and successes are possible. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and confidence to step out further and make a positive difference for those around you.

Don’t worry about getting it right the first time. People sense your intentions and motivation. If they are positive and honorable, they’ll cut you some slack.

The worst thing that can happen is you look back in a year from now say “If I’d only acted, I could now be doing _____” (You fill in the blank)

“After all is said and done, more is usually said than done.” Don’t let that be your story.