Winning Is not the only thing

Ours is a society that revers winners. We love winning. And while our quest for victory is laudable, we too often overlook those who compete nobly and yet fail to win the ultimate prize. Sadly we label them as “losers.”

Essential to a leader’s development is managing adversity. It’s one thing to lead when everything is going your way; it is another thing to lead when the odds are against you.

Leaders who have weathered adversity are often better prepared to make tough choices required to move forward because they know what it takes and are prepared for the next challenge.

Success, however, can only come if you continue to believe in yourself, manage adversity with grace, and continue forward with a stronger sense of purpose.

John Baldoni is chair of leadership development at N2Growth, is an internationally recognized leadership educator and executive coach. In 2014, Trust Across America named him to its list of top 100 most trustworthy business experts. Also in 2014, Inc.com named Baldoni to its list of top 100 leadership experts, and Global Gurus ranked him No. 11 on its list of global leadership experts. Baldoni is the author of more than a dozen books, including his newest, “MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership.”

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