In an uncertain economy and a rapidly changing, volatile business environment, major catastrophes and even small setbacks cause people to question their beliefs. “Why did this happen” or “What could I have done differently to prevent this?” Often, unexpected challenges shake the self-confidence of even the most certain among us. However, when leaders become less assured, the outcome is even more dire, as employees, customers, even vendors begin to question the direction and future of the organization.
Success Demands Belief in Oneself
Strong leaders who are resilient, courageous and unwavering believe in what they do. Success demands it. They rely on their beliefs and more importantly, in their abilities to make a difference. Why? Beliefs are the differentiators of success and failure, of hope versus despair, of optimism compared to pessimism. Leaders who understand and recognize the importance of belief lead more effectively and efficiently.
Effective Leaders Reinforce Their Beliefs
No one is immune to challenges. In fact, even the most successful organizations among us face setbacks on a daily basis. However, the power of belief can alter even the most challenging situations, rekindling passion and drive, making it easier to focus, learn and grow. Remember, channeling energy into a positive force is a choice – a responsibility and a smart strategy for reinforcing your beliefs and energizing others through your influence.
Change Requires Strong Leaders…and Followers
Many organizations today face circumstances that require change. Whether it’s adapting to new regulations, replacing key talent or simply being responsive to new technology, people and processes, getting through the day without a major catastrophe is a significant accomplishment. Leaders who believe in themselves and their teams despite these difficulties make it easier for followers to empower others. Strength in leadership helps make monumental change a reality.
“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
-Mary Anne Radmacher