Secret Codes of Leadership – Justin Schaefer

Secret Codes of Leadership – Justin Schaefer

  • 20 Jul 2016
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Studying leadership for many years, I’ve come to realize that “Leadership” has about as many definitions as there are languages in the world.

Think about the great leaders in your life and which ones had the most impact. Why? What made them different or special?

What we embrace relies largely on our experiential bias and we tend to gravitate towards models we’ve seen successful. Eventually, we all develop our own personal ‘style’ of leadership. Something that works for us.

But is that style good? Is it healthy? Can it be replicated by your team and others?

Comment or message me your thoughts!

Over the years as a global leader, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly! Oh some stories I could tell!

At the end of the day, my personal style of leading for success comes down to a few very tangible items:

1. Understanding thyself
2. Courage to act on self awareness
3. Empathetic understanding of those I’m entrusted to lead
4. Actually leading people to better places on the journey

Having said that, here’s a nice McKinsey article on the topic which decodes a variety of leadership behaviors and outcomes into 4 key consistent and common traits of strong leadership. Decoding Leadership

While the article is fairly demonstrates keys that drive leadership, it misses on a key point.

Have you ever found that that adversity often gets in the way of our ability to reach the goal?

The best laid plans are just that, a plan until we start pursuing them. Next thing you know, unforeseen circumstances in our work environment or our personal lives get in the way.

“Just do it!” sometimes just doesn’t work! It’s a little more complicated than that.

People and businesses are infinitely complex and have infinite pathways for success.

Yet, how do some still thrive and achieve in the face of constantly opposing forces?

Some examples of common challenges getting in our way:

1. Changing regulations or economy
2. Competitive pressures; market disruption
3. Challenges of life (illness, injury, divorce, finances)
4. Unrealistic expectations of leadership, self, and teams
5. Poor management and disengaged teams

Each day presents a new challenge. Knock down one challenge and another one pops up. Some days we feel like we are playing whack-a-mole…or just putting out fires.

Over time, we become experts at whacking…or fighting fires, but we are no closer to our goals. We get tired, frustrated, and discouraged. We disengage. We change jobs. We bail out of home and personal relationships. We suffer. We get depressed. We die. Not a very exciting life!

What if we could build a strength to carry us through adversity? And what if that coming out the other side, we were stronger, achieved better results and were genuinely more pleased with the outcomes?

Logically, if we cannot fully or optimally function at a high level (personally), how could we (or our teams) excel in the face of complicated and significant obstacles?

The first step to accelerating through adversity is found by understanding the science and practicality of resilience.

Resilience traits are not genetic. They are learned and mastered over time.

Mastering stress, energizing the body, engaging our emotional self, training and controlling our mind, actually realizing our potential. These are the skills of resilience!

Mastering resilience enables leaders to be their best at work and home…accelerating through change and adversity…enhancing their skills and helping their teams achieve greater heights.

The strongest leader will be able to build into their team these characteristics and build teams that can outperform, consistently, and stand the test of time.

More and more leading organizations are investing in resilience development to heighten employee engagement, focus and performance in the face of their change and challenges.

Are you going to “get through it?”

Or will you choose to THRIVE through it?

Learn how here

Justin Schaefer is an Accredited Practitioner and Owner of The Resilience Institute – US and an Executive Advisor with Boardroom Advisory Group. Working with The Resilience Institute International Justin delivers a high value ROI by practical development focused on integrated sciences (neurology, physiology, emotional science) which enable improved and sustainable high performance.


Article originally publish April 7, 2016 on LinkedIn.

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