Stressful situations in business, at work and at home tend to show our true colors as leaders. Who we really are comes through in the heat of the moment. Our struggles and insecurities often make life's challenges more rather than less stressful. Long-time friend and business associate, retired USAF Colonel Lee Ellis, shares leadership lessons learned from his five years as a POW in Vietnam in his latest book, Leading with Honor (2012). His "leadership engagement model" helps us understand how our underlying emotions cause us to lead and respond to stress in three different ways: withdrawal, engagement, and domination.
This is great time to reflect on 2018's successes and challenges and to focus on moving forward in 2019. Take a few minutes to think about your business or organization, your team, your work, your family, and your community.
List goals or problems to solve.
Review progress regularly.
Adjust your game plan as needed.
Lead and live on purpose this year!
Self-deception is like this. It blinds us to the true causes of problems, and once we’re blind, all the ‘solutions’ we can think of will actually make matters worse. Whether at work or at home, self-deception, obscures the truth about ourselves, corrupts our view of others and our circumstances, and inhibits our ability to make wise and helpful decisions. To the extent that we are self-deceived, both our happiness and our leadership are undermined at every turn…
What would our lives be like with a little more love and understanding? It's so easy for us to lose sight of what matters most. Let's be more understanding and loving towards everyone.
Business, Leadership & Work-life Guidance
As a highly motivated business owner, executive, professional or team leader, you're navigating complex challenges, searching for solutions and committed to making a greater difference.
You value integrity, doing what's right, treating others well, learning and growing even when it's messy and uncomfortable.
You, your team or organization may need someone to help address difficult challenges, solve problems and leverage your strengths to make a greater difference.
Coaching, consulting and management services are available remotely and occasionally in person.
I’d welcome the opportunity to get acquainted.
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