I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
· Michael Jordan
Optimism is a powerful force, one that can allow you to meet victory and defeat, and treat both those impostors just the same. But that’s easier said than done; the world has changed in unimaginable ways over the last year, and then some, and this has compelled companies and individuals to adapt quickly and identify creative, unconventional ways to operate and survive. And the power of positive thinking is never more important than it is now, when there are few ports in this global storm.
With so many challenges converging all at once to create the perfect storm, many leaders, economies, and indeed even society as a whole is struggling to chart a clear way forward. How then can we nurture a mentality of positive change and leadership? We foresee 3 ways in which this can be done.
Clarity of purpose
The temptation to be blinkered, and see nothing beyond yourself must be strong, but it is one you should resist. Look inward, and remind yourself of your purpose, and all that you stand for. Not only will this give you clarity on what it is you must do, but it will give confidence to followers and stakeholders to galvanize trust, morale, and confidence at a time when it is in short supply.
Create a support system
Without even realizing it, there are hundreds or thousands of people that rely on you to set the tone, and recent events will have left them more vulnerable than ever. Give back, and support your flock. Identify what they need, and how you can be best placed to deliver that. At a time when success can feel like an elusive quarry, this is a win that must be hunted down.
Foster emotional and organizational resilience
The importance of being a thoughtful leader in tune with the emotional, softer side of leading has come to the fore like never before. Do whatever it takes to ensure your flock stays the course and is aligned with your vision, and we’re not talking purely from a business perspective. Make time to restore your energy, check in with team members and help them gain perspective, or simply ensure that they’re not being bombarded with a workload that crushes them mentally. In short, find balance.
What you do today will echo in eternity, so choose your path today wisely. It will shape the leader you are tomorrow.