As a student of history, and military history in particular, I have always been impressed with the ability of famous leaders to seemingly bounce back from just about any difficulty or adversity. This is also true in the fields of sports, politics and business. In some ways, great leaders are also great survivors. They often thrive on chaos and adversity. No adversity seems too great to prevent them from finding some advantage. While I certainly don’t believe in deliberately creating difficulty, there are nonetheless some principles that you can apply to turn adversity to your advantage.
As a manager and a leader, the next time you are
faced with a difficult situation, make a commitment
to apply these principles. Even if you can’t
do it well the first time, persistence will pay
off. It will allow you to build resilience in
yourself and your organization, and it will also
contribute to making you a much more inspiring
and effective leader.