Much of my work focuses on how we are perceived. In leadership, perception is reality and the goal is ensuring authentic leaders are perceived as credible, persuasive, and influential.

However, 2020 has been quite a year and leaders have been faced with new and uncertain challenges. So, as we all prepare for 2021 (boy, doesn’t that sound good!), I am asking my clients and myself to focus some energy on perception and perspectives for the new year.

Everyone will start 2021 tired. There is still uncertainty and the Zoom fatigue is very real. However, a new year must come with new energy. As leaders, we need to realize that for our teams that energy can only from us. We may still have to make hard choices and sharp pivots in the months ahead, but if we can articulate a year of possibilities and invite our employees to share their perspectives, we may find not just new energy, but new solutions, new opportunities, and exciting new directions.

I have to admit I have always been a glass-half-full type of person. I also know that isn’t everyone’s style. However, our energy and perspective are foundational to guide and lead our teams through turbulent times.

I have to admit that after 10 years of running Articulate Persuasion, this year has forced me to step back and evaluate the direction, offerings, and outcomes of my work. At first, it felt like such a heavy lift. I have worked so hard to build a successful business. I thought now would be the time I could let the foot off the gas a bit. Well, not this year it seems. However, the minute I decided to open my mind to new possibilities, once I decided to put every option for growth on the table, I started to breathe easier. My clients and colleagues noticed the difference in my tone. When I mention my everything’s on the table philosophy, they share great insights and ideas I would have never thought up myself. Happily, sitting down at my desk has become exciting again.

This is what a change in perspective can do for you and by extension your team and your organization.

I invite you to start 2021 by putting everything on the table, opening yourself and your business to new possibilities, and share this new perspective with your team.

I wish you all a very prosperous and chill 2021.