What I Learned This Time Around:
Discovering your True North is a result of your own leadership journey, particularly from times of intense challenge or crisis-when core values are challenged. For many of the leaders interviewed, the challenges which provided the greatest insight came at points of failure. Failure. It's often a hard word to say. Failure has been one of my greatest fears in life; I would assume I’m not alone in that. A quick five minutes on the internet can result in countless resources to help you overcome the fear of failure. Certainly, an unhealthy fear of failure can paralyze us and destroy the culture of the teams we lead. But the lack of any fear of failure can be just as deadly. A common characteristic of all those great leaders that were interviewed for True North : they all once thought failure to be impossible.
Favorite Chapter: 9-Leadership With Purpose and Passion
Understanding your passions is not as easy as it sounds. You have to understand the meaning behind key events in your life story and reframe them to discern what your real passions are. That in turn leads you to the purpose of your leadership. The trick however is ensuring that purpose does not precede passion. Having a clear vision of “what” you want to create and “why” ignites passion.
Favorite Quote: You Can’t Fake It
How Can I Use These Lessons To Benefit
I want to become a leader who follows her passion, leads with purpose, builds great teams, and strives for continued excellence in our strategies and solutions. For me, work without passion is meaningless and unfulfilling. I need to use passion to fuel my purpose. I am passionate about fostering collaboration, so it's imperative for me to ensure that my actions set the tone by collaborating with others. I need to be able to understand when to take the driver’s seat and when to take a back seat on certain issues in order to enable my team to step forward. After all, demonstrating passion means acting upon it. Time to put words and intentions into action.