The Benefits of Adversity

Leaders face problems everyday.  Some are mere challenges to overcome and be better for it.  Many times they are problems to be appreciated and solved.  As leaders, we know solving problems is a skill we need to continually hone and develop because there will always be a need! 

When we learn to appreciate problems for the opportunities they bring, everyone wins. In Sometimes You Win - Sometimes You Learn, Maxwell gives us this reminder, “problems always bring opportunities, and opportunities always bring problems.” 

Recently, Wes and I faced a major problem and you may be thinking me too!  Not all problems are major you know, there are minor problems, major problems and there are ‘minjor’ problems...they are not minor or major but if we don’t solve ‘minjor’ problems they will soon be major. If you follow NCIS at all you know Abby is a wordsmith and I learned this from her!

The problem we faced was a major change to the delivery and marketing of a product we purchase a license for to service and add value to many of our clients, customers, and our community. We anticipated this problem would arise and by the end of the day had discovered how we could solve the problem by communicating with some of our largest clients, evaluating the problem, and yes even appreciating the problem for the opportunities it brings. 

In this instance, we were able to win and learn as relationships were forged stronger, ideas abounded, and unity was strengthened as we all problem-solved. This experience reminded me of the benefits of adversity and specifically in regards to a lesson I created for our Leading at the Next Level program offering examples of how eagles use adversity to meet the challenge of storms.

In studying eagles extensively for this lesson here’s the amazing thing I learned about their relationship to storms.  Eagles love a storm!  When the clouds begin to gather the eagles get restless and they want to get out ahead of the storm and even in the storm.  As the turbulent winds come, the eagle uses the storm winds to lift it higher.  The eagle even uses the wind of a storm to help it rise above the fierce wind and even help it glide and rest while the storm rages below.  When other birds are hiding in the branches, eagles are flying through above the storm.


This is one example from this lesson of how the attributes of eagles are similar to leadership attributes.  Achievers relish challenges and use them properly!  Keep looking for opportunities as you problem solve, keep a great attitude, collaborate or gain mentorship to find the best way forward, and help your people do the same.  And if you are not already a part of our Leading at the Next Level program but would like to check out this lesson or any lessons in our Leading at the Next Level courses you can do so here with this 14 Day Trial for just a buck!  Yes, just $1.

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