While popular culture presents leaders as confident, maybe sometimes arrogant, we are not immune to self-doubt. To wondering whether or not our particular approach or words land from moment to moment.

In the world of virtual everything, where many of our senses are cut off, it can be even more difficult to know. If we are not using video, we cannot read facial expressions. We may have difficulty “reading the room” or whatever other people dynamic skills we possess.

Add the heightened stress level most are experiencing due to a global pandemic, and the words, advice, style, or methods we used yesterday may or may not hit the mark.

Neutral news is not good news

The higher up in an organization you go, the less detailed information you’ll have. You’ll have broader scope, insight, and impact, but with less certainty or data supporting the types of decisions you have to make.