Denial can provide an escape from thinking about something too painful to face. I know this to be true, as I was in denial last week. I was living as if what’s happening in China and Italy couldn’t happen here. Living in denial is not going to be good for me, my family or the community.

As a leader, you have the opportunity to help your team get out of denial. Be vulnerable and share how you’re feeling. Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” Be empathetic and curious about other’s feelings and your blind spots.

You might also try some self-reflection to find what you’re denying. I find journalling effective to let my thoughts flow, and meditation a powerful ally for gaining clarity.

What are you spending time denying?

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