Want to be a resilient leader? Accept what is.
You feel it sometimes. Maybe often. Expectations that you need to be the strong one. The balanced one. The calm one. Of being the rock in the storm.
Each time you’re the voice of reason in times of conflict, or have to give difficult feedback, or to make a painful decision, or to lead others once again through uncertainty and change, you feel it.
Being the bastion for others takes its toll. It can feel overwhelming. Unrelenting. Lonely. And, at times, unappreciated.
But it’s this strength to weather the storms so that other may grow and flourish that sets apart a great leader from the pack.
Marcus Aurelius said,
Be like a rocky promontory against which the restless surf continually pounds; it stands fast while the churning sea is lulled to sleep at its feet.