Leadership is a difficult responsibility in any context and leaders are called to walk a hard path, and the leadership challenges that every leader will face in their journey are Crisis, Complexity, Betrayal, Loneliness, and Weariness.
A leader with depth lets go of the false belief that they can or need to handle every complex situation by themselves. They are no longer bound to convention or the dictates of maintaining a powerful image.
For example when a leader is challenged by complexity they often respond with rigidity, which flows out of a desire to maintain control. However, rigidity is static and obscures the opportunities often hidden in complex situations. Every attempt a leader makes to control a complex situation results in further change making the situation even more unpredictable.
On the other hand responding with depth frees a leader to hear the voices of those around him and consider their counsel even when it challenges the prevailing wisdom.
How are you choosing to respond to the leadership challenges you are facing?
How do you handle Crisis, Complexity, Betrayal, Loneliness, and Weariness?