Determination – One step closer to Character-based Leadership
“Determination is required to cultivate a courageous character core in a world filled with challenges and sometimes even chaos, corruption, unethical behavior, and dubious values.”
~ Danita Bye
Now I know that physically, things are much better today for most of us. Thank goodness! However, I also know emerging leaders are facing very different, but equally daunting challenges. For example, many of them feel afraid of taking risks, often needing guidance to understand true success vs. superficial self-esteem. Others are caught up in the digital world and need to be more aware of real-world obligations. On the other hand, seasoned leaders wonder if the younger leaders have what it takes to contribute to and eventually take over our business growth strategies.
Character-based Leadership and Dakota Way Determination
Here are some tips to help develop determination in Next Gen Leaders:
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
- Think about a time you tackled a task that was extremely difficult. What kept you moving forward, even though it was incredibly demanding? Find a time to share that experience with someone you are mentoring
- Ask yourself what skills, ideas, and mindset you’ve developed over the years that might help Next Gen leaders deal with today’s challenges. As you work together, don’t hesitate to ask the young leaders on your team if they think these skills are relevant for their current challenges.
- Schedule time for personal reflection after you discuss the concepts below with emerging leaders:
Go Deeper, within yourself, to see what else you have to bring to a situation.
Go Broader, beyond yourself, to see who else might help or provide encouragement.
Go Upwards, to the God of the Universe, to gain wisdom, insight, and discernment.
The Dakota Way is a creative catalyst to guide future leaders in their quest to cultivate a character that can tackle and not cower to adversity.
Dakota Way Leadership question: What are you doing to ensure that the choices you make to promote business growth and succession strategies are choices that will motivate the younger people in your organization?
Dakota Way Leadership lesson: Nurture determination in others by encouraging them to go broader, go deeper, and go upwards.
© Copyright Danita Bye, 2016