The key attitude that defines leadership

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When engineers building a tunnel through a Japanese mountain had a problem with leaking water they could simply have sealed the leak. Instead they bottled it, sold it as mineral water, and built a brand worth more than $50m/year.

When Alexander Fleming discovered one of his experiments had grown mould instead of bacteria he could simply have thrown it away, or improved the cleaning processes for next time. Instead he looked closer, discovered penicillin, and saved millions of lives.

When Georges de Mestral came home from a walk to find his dog and clothes covered with burrs he didn’t just remove them: he looked closely at how they worked and then invented Velcro.

And when Travis Kalanick and a friend couldn’t get a cab in Paris one day they didn’t just complain about it, they founded Uber. The rest, as we know, is history.

We’ve all faced situations like this but we didn’t all respond in the ways these people did.

The examples seem different but all these people looked for ways to turn their ‘problem’ into an opportunity.

This is the key attitude that defines leadership. This is Inner Leadership.

Are you facing any ‘problems’ at the moment? Would you like to learn how to find the opportunities behind these difficulties and then build the inspiration to make them happen?


Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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