Early last month, my great friend, JT, and I were having cigars and brandy at his place. We started reflecting on our life. (Cigars and brandy cause you to become philosophical.) Both of us are from humble backgrounds, held multiple and various leadership positions, and rose to the C-Suite and boardroom for multi-billion dollar companies. Our discussion quickly centered on the one constant in our lives: We have had to deal with a lot of shit. Yes, shit happens regardless of how well you plan, how strong your team is, and how reliable your operations are. What defines a leader is the person’s ability to handle it.
As we talked, we realized that both of us have always had that internal belief that bad things would always work out. We didn’t hope it would; we knew it would. That strong belief caused us not to freak out but quickly talk to the right people and get our arms around the situation.
That belief and ability are not innate—they are formed by having a higher purpose and anchored on a set or core beliefs that if I do the right thing for the right reasons, I will get the right results. In other words, doing right will always overcome any wrong.
Some of you are dealing with some type of shit right now. (For some reason, it happens a lot around the holidays.) Stay focused and use how you clean it up as a “Teachable moment” for all aspiring leaders.