Leaders face a variety of pressures and expectations in today’s corporate environment. Their responses to these pressures vary, as do the personalities behind them. Ineffective or (worse) toxic cultures are a result of leaders who respond to trials in detrimental ways. Consistently effective … [Read more...] about Emotionally Healthy Leadership
The rigors of today’s competitive business climate push even the most seasoned leaders to their limits. No organization is immune to setbacks. Many top business leaders agree that life is a constant string of adversities—the new normal. Some, however, are ill-suited for it and pay a dear … [Read more...] about The Power of Perseverance
As a leader, how effective are you in overcoming adversity?
How a leader responds to adversity reveals how effective that leader is. Reactions to setbacks or crises not only test leadership character, they define it.
Some difficulties are devastating, and unfortunately, they are compounded by … [Read more...] about Overcoming Adversity:
3 Steps Great Leaders Take
Are you stuck in the past, or work with someone who is? Not everyone aims for personal growth or uses their past experiences to move forward.
If you've ever worked with a colleague who tells the same old stories over and over, you understand how people can distort reality to suit their purposes. … [Read more...] about Stuck in the Past:
5 Steps to Personal Growth
Few of us wake up in the morning with the intention of being a hero. Instead, we hope to get by without any major stumbling blocks and aim to do what is expected of us. It’s only when confronted with obstacles that threaten to derail our routines and plans that we don the armor and go into … [Read more...] about Mental Toughness for Success
Difficult and, in some cases, career- or life-threatening events are called leadership crucibles. They are trials and tests — points of deep self-reflection that force you to question who you are and what really matters. Characterized by a confluence of threatening intellectual, social, economic … [Read more...] about The Crucibles of Leadership
Life is full of daily lessons. We interpret experiences; tag them as good, bad or neutral; file them into memory (or not); and create stories about ourselves. If you want self-awareness, take a look at how experience has shaped your stories. “Many leaders point to their childhoods as the source of … [Read more...] about The Past as Prologue: How Experience Shapes You
Reality sucks, especially on TV. Contestants are regularly voted off the island, fired from apprentice jobs and judged to be lacking in any discernible talent. In “real life,” serious disappointments are likewise bitter pills to swallow. Many of us have endured significant economic hardships — from … [Read more...] about Program Your Own Reality Show
“Some of the most important and insightful learning is far more likely to come from failures than from success.” ~ Former Procter & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley, interviewed in Harvard Business Review (April 2011) How we respond to failures and bounce back from our mistakes can make or break our … [Read more...] about Leadership Resilience: The Art of Bouncing Back