Do YOU have what it takes to succeed?
You have most likely heard that certain characteristics are essential for growth.
The truth is that the most important quality of a successful leader is resiliency.
Yes, passion, drive and perseverance are also required to make it in the world of business, but resiliency is by far the number one trait shared among fortune 500 CEOs, entrepreneurs and female leaders.
Resiliency is defined as the ability to quickly recover and rebound from setbacks, obstacles or difficulties and this week I would like to share a story with you about a specific obstacle that I overcame and how resilience played a key part…
Several years ago I applied for a new senior position – a dream role at the time.
I sailed through the interview process and met with department. There was an instant connection and I knew that I could make a difference and work well with the team.
I was overjoyed when I received a verbal offer, the only caveat was that it was subject to a two-day assessment centre.
Fear set in immediately as I’m not academic, but I knew that I could do the job and if there were any parts that I was less experienced in, I had confidence that I could learn.
I considered withdrawing from the process but decided that I had nothing to lose. If I didn’t secure the role, whilst disappointing, it would be a learning experience.
The assessment centre came and went and I was on tender hooks waiting to hear whether I was successful.
The call eventually came and I was absolutely crushed, but not surprised, to hear that I had not performed well during the assessment.
The Director was equally disappointed as he thought I was the perfect candidate for the role. He told me that my results had given a ‘hire with caution’ rating and he didn’t know what to do.He said he would reflect and come back to me, but it was unlikely he could offer me the job.
It felt like the end of my world - I was so upset and frustrated as I knew I could do the job and do it well.
I didn’t sleep a wink that night and decided to call the Director at home, on a Saturday morning and ask for a chance to prove myself.
A few days later, to my surprise and delight, he offered me the job on a six-month contract with a view to permanent at the end, if I proved myself.
Needless to say, I did prove myself and was made permanent within three months. I went on to become a member of the ‘Talent’ population and had a successful 3 year career there. I am eternally grateful to that Director for believing in me and giving me a chance. Resilience had paid off…
So, I invite you to think about an obstacle or difficulty you are having in your life right now and how you can overcome it or bounce back, quickly and positively. What have you got to lose…?
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