Personal Leadership: Lessons Learned in Tough and Good Times

Turning Downturns into Upturns

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Good times happen just as bad times do. Leaders need to navigate both. As important is what leaders learn from good and bad times. In our monthly leadership conversation, we will share experiences and lessons learned. When we learn from each other, we will have a better footing to do the right things in good times and understand how to lead through tough times.

Join us!

The April Authentic Leadership Dallas lunch meeting will focus on leadership lessons learned from good and bad times. We will meet on April 22, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. Please RSVP on our Meetup page; you can find directions and other details there. We meet in the restaurant.

Background Reading

7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times. Key quote: “The 21st century leader sees adversity through the lens of opportunity.  Rather than panic, a leader with composure takes a step back and begins to connect the dots of opportunity within adverse circumstances.   These types of leaders quickly detect the causes of adversity and solve for them immediately.  They then enable the opportunities previously unseen that could have avoided the adversity to begin with.  Many times crisis results when composure is missing.”

How to Thrive During Tough Times. Key quote: “When leaders push emotional or professional challenges under the rug, those unaddressed feelings plant a seed of self doubt. That leads to low confidence, self-comparison, and diminished faith in your ability to handle future trials — a toxic combination. On the other hand, if those challenges are addressed, leaders begin to flourish. ‘Struggle and leadership are intertwined,’ Snyder says. ‘Challenges create the opportunity for leadership growth.’”

Leadership Lessons for Hard Times. Key quote: “A healthy company enjoys not only strong financials but also a culture and values that bind it together. Much of what our interviewees describe as important is driven by corporate culture—open communication or a focus on a company’s long-term health, for example. Several CEOs chose to highlight how a strong culture had helped them in hard times and how important it is not to sacrifice that culture when a company comes under pressure.”

Activity to Prepare

Draw a line down the middle of a page. Above the line – Think through your past experiences and jot down one or two good experiences and what you learned from them as a leader. In these situations, you could be the leader or team member. Either case will deliver lessons.

Below the line – Think through your past experiences and jot down one or two challenging experiences and what you learned from them as a leader.

Leading and Learning from Good and Bad Times

Agenda

Our meeting agenda is:

  • Forty-five second introduction: What do you want people to remember about you after the meeting? (10 minutes)
  • Question 1:  In your challenging times, what leadership lesson did you learn? What leadership trait was strengthened? (20 minutes)
  • Question 2:  In you good times, what leadership lesson did you learn? What leadership trait was strengthened? (20 minutes)
  • Wrap-up: Leadercast updates and areas of assistance, May 9th.

If you haven’t registered for Leadercast on May 9th, please consider joining us to energize your leadership skills and spirit!

Special thanks to the great people at Vizwerx Group for providing the feature artwork for this post!

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