The key attitude that defines leadership

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

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

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 are all very different but the people all share one thing in common — their attitude: the attitude to look for ways to turn a ‘problem’ into an opportunity.

This is the key attitude that defines leadership.

This is Inner Leadership.

In a time of change it is invaluable.

Are you facing any ‘problems’ at the moment? Would you like to learn how to find the opportunities behind these difficulties, 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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