5000 applications of would-be adventurers were recieved when Ernest Shackleton announced his preparations to cross the south pole. Shackleton was known for having an almost uncanny ability to read character within seconds of meeting someone. However, the trait which he seemed to value was optimism, “The quality I look for most is optimism: especially optimism in the face of reverses and apparent defeat. Optimism is true moral courage.”
Reverses? Defeat? Sound familiar to what’s happening in our world right now?
This week you were challenged to check yourself, look for feedback and find out how you talk to your team. Are you optimistic and realistic? It was Shackleton’s greatest strength. His crews always knew what they were getting into and always knew that even if the worst did occur, the best leadership would be present.
That sounds like a lot of pressure, but that’s the whole point of leadership. To fail, to grow, to move forward. It’s only unobtainable if you don’t allow room for growth.
As you try to change, tweak, and transform yourself as an imperfect leader. Remember in the words of Shackleton, “Men are not made from easy victories but based on great defeats”.
The best leaders are brave enough to be defeated and try again. Grow again.
Have a great weekend!