Resiliency is one of the hallmarks of a great leader; cultivating it can become a leader's most significant challenge. Great leadership entails being in the eye of the storm and enabling your team to stay the course; this requires a degree of resilience which surpasses all other traits. Maintaining perspective, confidence, and support allows a leader to cultivate this sense of security and well-being despite the odds and remain the central decision maker despite the oncoming challenges.
As we rise through our organizations, we often find others who are comfortable and entrenched their positions - and often risk doing this ourselves. Fixing into a static position is one of the most dangerous places to be in, not only for our careers but our organizations as a whole.
Being stuck in the middle is rough, being in the middle of an organization can be one of the toughest jobs in business. In addition to having and developing the required technical, strategic, and personal skills to succeed, middle managers face a variety of challenges on a daily basis.
The best source of inspiration in leadership is from leadership. Leadership is a deeply-interpersonal skill where we learn many of our leadership attributes and behaviors from those who led us.
We have to make choices leaders, and in making right decisions, we should seek counsel from as many different sources as possible, both above and below. However, there is no shortage of lousy advice offered today.
One of my earlier lessons as an infantryman in the Army was the idea that "slow is smooth, smooth is fast." We first applied this while training our drills, especially entering and clearing a room. The idea behind this is that to be rapid, effective, and decisive, we have to have expert proficiency in every smaller task that goes into this drill. These more modest tasks only develop over time with deliberate effort and training.