In a candid commencement speech delivered at the University of California, Berkeley, on May 14, 2016, Sheryl Sandberg, current COO of Facebook, emphasized the importance of resilience and living life fully, a point that is just as applicable to business leaders as to graduates. Follow her advice and rid yourself these three beliefs to propel yourself to new leadership heights.
Personalization--believing it's all your fault
Freeing yourself from personalization enables you to see your business through more comprehensive and holistic eyes. Instead of assigning blame to yourself based on egocentric emotions, you stay objective, placing both praise and blame where they're appropriate. That objectivity, in turn, means that you're able to alter your processes, policies or even your workforce setup in ways that truly address the mistakes that were made. You'll likely find that, as you show everyone on your team what really happened, your workers become more mindful of their own performance and strive to work more collaboratively. Additionally, without the weight of the failure completely on your shoulders, you might concentrate better on and have less fear about whatever projects you encounter in the future.
Pervasiveness--the belief that an event will effect everything else
Business leaders often take a nearly doomsday approach to operations, believing that they'll have enormous difficulty recovering from an error or problem, or that they'll never "live down" a given failure. The reality, however, is that many company operations are independent, and that you still can make good decisions in other areas when there are deficits elsewhere. Additionally, even when an event influences many elements of your business, the dynamic nature of the market means you've been adapting constantly, anyway--you're already good at reacting to what's happening! When you let go of pervasiveness, you let go of the stress and pressure for perfection the doomsday approach creates. Being more relaxed enables you to be more creative and often, more productive. It also spills over into your workforce, improving workers' moods and overall morale. Improvements to your health, which can translate into fewer sick days, can happen, too, as stress is closely tied to physical wellness.
Permanence--the sense that a given feeling is everlasting
Abandoning the idea of permanence when you feel good can inspire you to appreciate what you have and to keep innovating and trying as hard as you can. In bad times, such as when you're nervous before giving a talk, you can use the knowledge that all things pass away to support yourself, stay positive and push your own boundaries for the good of the company.
Resilience = Success
Overall, resilient leaders typically transfer their resilience to their businesses. The sooner you can eliminate your tendency to lean on personalization, pervasiveness and permanence, the sooner you and your business will become unstoppable.