The goal of living is to achieve our full potential. And to live fully, we have to break free of two developmental prisons:
If we are willing to do the work, we learn to accept ourselves, love and give without expectations and find satisfaction from being of service.
Integrity is an unshakeable foundation stone that guides leaders to do the right thing. It is integral to worthy leadership. Leaders with integrity have clear, strong values and the courage of these convictions. The biggest challenge is for leaders to genuinely and consistently execute their roles with integrity. Words are cheap, but it is impossible to fake authenticity in the long term. The edifices that leaders build will eventually collapse in the absence of integrity.
“If a tree has deep roots, not even the strongest winds can break it”
Leaders in COVID-19 are digging deep to stay connected with their self-belief. The habitual dance between self-doubt and certainty is heightened during a crisis. It is dangerous to be overly confident as we navigate the unknown but too much self-doubt can be a paralyzing agent. Self-belief integrates both concepts in a helpful, healthy partnership.
We are all witnessing the COVID-19 mission to find health and economic solutions. The value of collaboration is being highlighted as we watch people tackle complicated challenges by working together. We are reminded that we can be smart alone, but we are wiser with others.
In our shattered status quo, we are getting a crash course in how we are all connected. We are seeing not only what matters but how much people care. People want to directly experience interest, empathy and support from leaders. In return, individuals and teams give discretionary effort, loyalty and productivity.
Leadership success during COVID-19 will be defined by those leaders who show up day after day with the energy and optimism that inspires people to work together to achieve extraordinary results.
Worthy leaders believe in their ability to deliver on something bigger than themselves and to impact positively on the lives of others.
In the two decades I have been working with leaders, I’ve collected 360-survey data on thousands of leaders, their capabilities and their impact. Here are the top strengths and challenges of 10,000 leaders anonymously scored by their raters in rank order.