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In many of the leadership books on book shelves today the term “spiritual” has begun to frequently be synonymous with the definition of an effective leader. For this reason, both high-performing organizations and leadership scholars would argue that an effective leader is buoyed by the intimate knowledge of their value system, their spiritual awareness and knowing the capacity for their resilience in day-to-day processes.
Through the development of personal awareness and resilience characteristics, a leader is capable of withstanding stressors and even experiencing a catharsis of thriving that is almost indicative of a spiritual mountain top.
Suffering Makes You Stronger
In “Shelley Pearsall’s book, Trouble Don’t Last,” she describes thriving responses after a resilient person’s return from experiential suffering as being more self-aware, and able to bounce back with feelings of optimism during future adversity.
Her narrative seems to point to an individual’s heightened awareness of what truly matters while being energized with the prospect of carrying out their calling and leadership purpose, regardless of the current situation. Her definition reads like a leader that is poised for greatness and unmoved from her goal of success.
Make A Choice
Leaders understand that at the end of the day, the victory is not always promised to those who are the smartest, those who went to the best schools or even those with the best pedigree. The victory is won by those who have the courage to continue to push forward despite the adversity that swirls around them and those who remain in the trenches fighting for their ideals, their ethos, their vision and most importantly, their followers.
Point of Clarity Quote:
-Mary Tyler Moore