Leaders: resilience required

It’s snowing here in the Seattle area. We don’t get a lot of snow, so it’s always fun when it drops by for a visit. I am looking out through our dining room window to the backyard. The bamboo we have out back is covered in snow. Beautiful. And bent over. The weight of the wet snow has many of the stalks pointing at the ground. It’s almost as if the bamboo is making sure that I see there’s snow building up. Yeah, I see it. Thanks! There’s something about bamboo in the weather. In the wind it bends with each gust, then returns to upright. In the snow, it bends as the snow accumulates, and then returns to upright. In the sunshine, it is just upright, bright, and lovely. When it’s too hot, the bamboo provides shade. There’s some lesson buried in there. A lesson about resilience maybe? Maybe it’s a lesson about adaptation. In any case, whatever weather is moving through your life, I wish you the patience and resilience of the bamboo. #leadership

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on February 8, 2019

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