The six chapters in the leader’s journey are:
- Believe you can make a difference.
- Engage in leading.
- Learn leadership skills and behaviors.
- Respond to adversity and disappointment with openness and resolve.
How to Get the Most From Chapter Four:
Turbulent water strengthens leaders. High wind and dark emotion signals your greatest opportunity for growth.
Get the most from turbulence by expecting it.
Turbulence is a matter of “when” not “if”.
It doesn’t help to cry, “Why me?”, when you’re losing your balance on a slippery deck. “Why me?” is the voice of coddled immaturity.
Anticipate a time when grabbing the rail prevents you from getting washed overboard.
There will come a time when support is necessary.
How to best anticipate tomorrow’s turbulence:
#1. Enjoy calm seas.
Don’t be a dark cloud when skies are blue. Feel the warmth. Smile.
#2 Build relationships with team members when winds are calm.
Trusting relationships make turbulence an opportunity to work together.
Walk around asking team members,
- “How did you get into (fill in with their job)?”
- “Where did you grow up?”
- “Who taught you how to (fill in a job skill they are good at)?”
Every leader needs to know the formative stories of everyone on the team.
#3. Build relationships outside your organization before you need them.
- Connect with mentors.
- Have lunch with competitors.
- Volunteer in your community.
- Hire a coach.
Build relationships before you need them.
#4. Create a “crisis” when skies are blue.
Test yourself and the crew when skies are blue.
- Try a new skill.
- Run a pilot program.
- Test a new process.
- Give someone new responsibilities.
- Shorten a timeline.
Calm seas are opportunities to develop, not drift.
One of the best ways to get the most from chapter 4 – adversity and disappointment – is to prepare for turbulence when skies are blue.
How might leaders prepare for chapter 4?