Thursday, August 15, 2013

Growth & Evolution for Leaders

As a leader, growing and evolving is an ongoing process. You don’t just experience something new, learn a lesson and that’s all you need for the rest of your life. There are many lessons to learn and you will never stop encountering new challenges that test your leadership ability.

Most often I think of the adage, “If you know better, do better.” With this in mind, it can seem that the onslaught of everyday challenges is never ending. I say this because, every time you know a little bit more than you subsequently have more tasks at hand as you tackle the challenge of doing more.

With all of this in mind, growing and evolving can seem like a daunting process without a light at the end of the tunnel. I mean, aren’t we ever just doing “good enough”? Must there always be more? Do we have to keep changing? Isn’t trying my best all that I can do? When do I have time to just relax and be satisfied with myself?

Change is inevitable. You will never escape the lessons that life throws your
way- whether or not you learn and evolve from those lessons is entirely up to you. So to answer those previous questions I would say:

As long as you are aware of the actions that you are taking, why you are taking them, and who you are in that moment- you are doing “good enough.” There will always be more challenges in life- they only stop when you die. You don’t have to keep changing, but if you choose not to learn from your experiences, you will continually encounter frustration and apathy, as you just can’t seem to escape the same thing over and over again. I would encourage you to always take the time to relax so that you have a chance to contemplate where you presently are, where you have been, and where you would like to go. Relaxation is an important step, because growing and changing is tiring work. And finally, self satisfaction comes in knowing that you are truly doing all that you can with your life and you will feel more satisfied with your life as you evolve and learn new things.

By Kristen Keyes

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