It’s always a great idea to take time to reflect on your leadership journey. What is it that inspires you? Have there been key moments in the past that have drafted your path, or is it something that you are still aspiring to find?
As I opened my up my old laptop, covered in dust and unused for over 8 years, I stumbled across pictures of my adventure up Mt Everest. Pictures, I had hidden away. A once in a lifetime adventure, laughed off because “you only want to do it once!’ It was a trek I was mentally and emotionally unprepared for but as I look back on the stunning pictures I now realise that this challenging journey shaped my character, values and leadership attributes to become the person I am today.
I learnt a lot on this trip. I learnt humility, vulnerability and the meaning of real exhaustion. I learnt how to care for the person beside me, support the person behind me and how to cheer on the person in front of me. It was a trip that brought out the best and the worst and taught me how to respect, challenge and to keep pushing through, even when you want to give up. I knew that I was very fortunate to be heading away on this ‘work experience,’ but what I brought home, engraved into my personality was more than just pictures, it was concealed self-belief and confidence.
Climbing Mt Everest you can not survive without effectively communicating to your team. You can not survive if you do not have clear expectations in place or the passion and courage to keep moving forward and you definitely won’t survive without supporting, encouraging, allowing help and believing in your goal.
The mountain teaches you how to be humble, to have empathy for those around you, all on their own personal journey. It teaches you preparation, accountability and how to make great decisions. It ingrained into me the skills I needed to be a leader, to put one foot in front of the other and embrace the journey.
Sometimes it takes a momentous expedition or experience to realise your potential. Maybe it’s the people around you or the circumstances you’ve already faced that are helping to shape you. Mt Everest [Base Camp] was and is still my ‘leadership mountain’. Do you have a mountain or a key experience that anchors your values and direction?
Article by – Natasha Faithfull – Business Growth, Coach, Mentor & Trainer
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