Like Sullenberger's terrifying few minutes from takeoff to safe landing, we are living through a period when it seems that we have had a nearly sudden and nearly complete failure of our financial systems. There are livelihoods and futures at stake, both within companies and in communities. Sullenberger relied on his rock solid commitment to his passengers to ensure that failure was not an action.
In my experience as both a leader and coach to leaders, I have found that success comes to those who are self-aware and always striving to be better. I once worked will a colleague who said, "I haven't had my best day yet." Based on what I have read about Captain Sullenberger, he spent many sleepless nights wondering what he could have done even better. And I have worked with masterful leaders who knew that they were not as skilled at engaging employees, so they surrounded themselves with others who had that talent.
Sullenberger also clearly possessed impeccable values. He let those values guide him.
How solid are your leadership values? Are you certain about what you will do for your employees and shareholders, no matter what? What aspect of your leadership play book is rusty or missing?
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