Learning and Development Academy

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The Nature of Leadership

The Nature of Leadership

13th April 2015

As we all know, the one thing that is inevitable in our lives is recurring problems or setbacks. If you are living a busy life, it is highly likely you will have a setback of some kind every few months. In between these unavoidable setbacks will be a continuous succession of minor problems and difficulties. And the more things that you attempt, the bigger your goals, the more determined you are to become successful in your life the more problems and setbacks you will experience.

The good news however is that you can control how you respond to those difficulties and setbacks, and your greatest personal asset can be your willingness to stay at it longer than anyone else.

Now although it is easy to grasp this intellectually, and rationally, it is another thing altogether to live this mantra or creed on an emotional level, when we are in the midst of crisis, or when we feel at our most vulnerable. This is where it can be useful to have an analogy to draw on – something which inspires and motivates us in times of difficulty.

The following short clip in the left hand sidebar provides just such an analogy and provides a powerful and uplifting message to share with your students.

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Video Credit:  Chris Gardner has big dreams for him and his family but it doesn’t seem to come together for him. Chris has an opportunity to be a stock broker but first he has to go through a gruelling internship which means no pay. Chris decides to do it but when his wife leaves and he is evicted, he has to take care of his son on his own. So they find themselves sometimes living on the street and struggling to get by. But Chris is determined to make it [Sony].
Principal Cast: Will Smith, Thandie Newton and Jaden Smith
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Distributed by Columbia Pictures