The One Thing Leaders Must Have To Survive Shocking And Unexpected Events
Have you ever been shocked?Â I mean really shocked?Â That is what cameÂ toÂ my mind whenÂ I first watched the video above?Â I though “Wow!Â Â Where did that come from?Â Was that shark really that close to land?”Â Â It is truly a shocking video.
Sarah Brame’s encounter with a bull shark while fishing off a deck in South CarolinaÂ brought back memories ofÂ how many similar decks, piers, and inletsÂ I have personally visited along the Georgia and SouthÂ Carolina coastlines.Â It alsoÂ reminded me of the following leadership lessons:
- Danger is always near whether we can see it or not.
- Leaders need to be constantly aware and on-guard.
- Leaders need toÂ have a safeÂ distanceÂ between themselvesÂ and potential trouble.
- Bad things can happenÂ in anÂ instantÂ and without warning.
- Leaders who are continuallyÂ reckless will have a short tenure and limited influence.
Shocking and unexpected events are often a constant companionÂ for leaders.Â Â The question is not when will they happen?Â The questionÂ is how we will handle them?Â How willÂ we navigate ourÂ leadership journeys withÂ a sense of peace, calm, and lack of frustrationÂ that brings security to our teamsÂ knowingÂ that unforeseenÂ challenges areÂ simply part of life?Â Â
In a word, Brame’s encounter withÂ a shark remindsÂ all leaders for the need for MARGIN.Â MarginÂ is defined as an amount over and above what is strictly necessary, included for safety reasons or to allow for mistakes or delays
The following are justÂ five areas of aÂ leader’s life whereÂ margin should exist:
- Schedule/Calendar – Leaders must allowÂ time for recreation (the word literally mean “life’s energy recreated in you”), refreshment, vacations, time alone to think, agendaless activity, and most important, time with family.Â They are often the onlyÂ ones who love you unconditionally.
- Finances -Â Leaders createÂ margin for financial slumps and known upcoming expenses.
- Emotions – A short fuse will blow up a leader.
- Health -Â The biggest challenge many of face is managing our weight and level of stress.
- SpiritÂ - It is Jesus Christ who renews my strength and makes life worth living.
If youÂ lack margin in these five areas, you could be consumed as quickly and easily as that fishÂ hooked to Brame’s pole.Â Leaders, what are some additionalÂ benefitsÂ you have experienced by having margin in your life?
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