Flexibility and Leadership

Change happens. Weather changes and ruins your plans. Sickness and injuries stop us in our tracks. Car accidents occur. Sometimes change comes in the form of others having better ideas than our own. Or the competition does something no one expected them to do.

So with all this change going on around us, how can we possible be rigid with our plans? How can we not prepare backup plans, and almost expect something unexpected to happen?

If we aren’t flexible, then we aren’t being good leaders. It’s that simple and it’s that important.

At the starting line of my first Ironman triathlon, the announcer said, “You can’t control the weather, and you can’t control if you get a flat tire; the only thing you can control today is your attitude, so make it a good one.”  That’s good advice for life, not just for a race.

When a monkey wrench gets thrown into our plans, it’s how we respond that is contagious to the whole family, company, or team. If you say, “Hey, no problem. We’re flexible,” then people will want to follow you, they’ll want to be on your team.

Adapt and overcome…with a smile.