Did You Pick the Right Mask for the Moment?

Trigger Question #7

I think I picked the right mask for the moment.

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By now, you should be used to wearing a mask in public.

Let me reword that. As a manager and a leader, you are used to wearing a mask in public. You put on a mask to project (a message; a mood) and you put on a mask to hide (information; feelings). You put on a mask to be polite and you put on a mask to be the strong one. Your mask is an amplifier or a filter.

Your colleagues and subordinates are used to reading your different masks. And yet, they will mostly read them wrong. (We learned as babies to read masks, starting with the ones hovering over our crib. And yes, we often got them wrong.)

Wearing a mask in society is normal. It’s part of, let’s say, social lubrication. And there’s the catch. Too often, we are unaware of the mask we wear. Putting on a mask has become a subconscious habit. Which means you could easily wear the wrong mask.

You should be more intentional in selecting the appropriate mask for a given situation. Especially if you are a leader and a manager. And even more so if you are leading in trying times.

Let me repeat that. You must be intentional about the mask you pick. Because you lead in what you do and say, and you lead in what you don’t do and don’t say. In your leadership role, you can never not lead.

Think back over this past week. Can you tell where you picked the wrong mask? Do you now know which mask would have better served you and your audience?

Wearing a mask does not necessarily make you less authentic. But wearing the right one, intentionally, can make you more effective.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.

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