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Leadership Resilience:
The Will to Win

I’ve been writing about leadership resilience, and the steps great leaders take in overcoming setbacks and adversity. You don’t have to look far to see great examples (as I write this, I am thinking of all the leaders who worked so hard to keep people safe during this hurricane season!) As solutions are attempted, ups […]
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Leadership Resilience: The Best Action Plan

Are you a resilient leader? Do you use a method or process to overcome setbacks? I’ve been writing about leadership resilience and the steps leaders take in overcoming adversity. In his book, The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumphs (Portfolio/Penguin, 2014), Ryan Holiday suggests three steps leaders can use to […]
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Leadership Resilience: A Solid Foundation

I’ve been writing about leadership resilience and the steps leaders take to overcome setbacks and adversity. A healthy mindset takes the most prudent steps. You don’t have to look far to see leaders regard immediate action, any action, as a step in the right direction. This is faulty, dangerous thinking.
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Leadership Resilience:
The Right Mindset

Do you practice resilient leadership? Let me ask you this: When faced with a setback or crisis, do you have the right mindset to overcome adversity? In my last blog post, I outlined three steps leaders can take to defeat obstacles, manage crises and conquer setbacks, suggested by Ryan Holiday, in his book, The Obstacle Is […]
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Leadership Resilience:
From Setback to Success

How strong is your leadership resilience? As a leader, do you respond well in the face of adversity, looking for opportunities to go from setback to success? Responses to setbacks or crises not only test leadership character, they define it. Your reaction in times of adversity reveals your leadership effectiveness.
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4 Questions about Your Leadership Stories

In my previous posts, I’ve been reviewing the importance of leadership development through the refinement of leadership stories of adversity, often called crucibles. Leaders become transformed; they’re more authentic when they teach others through the hard lessons they’ve learned. Leaders often begin their careers with a strong drive to achieve and succeed. They focus on […]
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8 Questions to Gain Self-Awareness
through Leadership Crucibles

How can you gain self-awareness and discover the nuggets of wisdom contained in your leadership crucibles? How do you grow from adversity? It’s almost impossible to take stock of yourself and gain self-awareness without guidance from a trusted friend, mentor or coach. To be truly self-aware, you need someone to hold a mirror so you […]
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Leadership Stories: Buried Treasures

I’ve seen this many times in the work I do as a coach: Someone shares their leadership story, but it’s a watered down version. Mistakes are minimized. Success is underlined. I suggest that when leaders do this, they aren’t harnessing their full story to its teaching potential. It’s inherently difficult for us to reflect on […]
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In Search of Leadership Gold

One thing I’ve seen extraordinary leaders do is teach others through their own leadership stories of transformation. Some leaders do this well; others end up sounding pedantic or – worse – ego-centric. I believe one of the untapped resources a leader has for teaching others valuable lessons is his or her life story and the […]
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Extracting Wisdom from Your Leadership Crucibles

The ability to extract wisdom from challenging experiences distinguishes successful leaders from their broken or burned-out peers. It’s what transforms leaders into authentic leaders. 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 […]
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