CEO GUIDANCE: Recovering your true nature

October 23, 2020
By Rowan Belchers

Leading a business is taxing.

It’s part of what they call ‘the blessings and burdens of leadership’: the high-points are thrilling when they happen, but the low points are more frequent, feel more densely weighted, and somehow seem to last longer.

I notice that when a CEO client’s business is sold, and they have the opportunity to take some time off, I hear the same refrain: “I never realised how much my job changed me”.

My view of professional success is that the only reliable way to achieve it is to locate your innate talents and amplify them to the greatest degree possible. I call this the ‘genius’ that lies within each of us. These innate talents can get plastered over, or dulled, during the cut-and-thrust of the daily grind, especially when times are challenging.

If success is what you’re after, then you are going to have to find ways to ‘recover’ yourself after any particularly taxing time. Or, put differently, you are going to have to recover your true nature if your genius talents are going to be (re)unearthed and applied at their fullest potential within your business going forward.

This dastardly year of 2020 has probably affected you in ways that you don’t yet realise. You would be well advised to do something about that.

  • There are ways to reset.
  • There are ways to power up.
  • There are ways to rejuvenate.
  • There are ways to re-aim.

Everything around you will be better for it.

Including 2021.

Rowan Belchers

Rowan Belchers

Rowan is the founder and CEO of Lockstep, a business leadership consultancy. Lockstep works with CEO’s, executive teams and future leaders globally, partnering with clients who seek customised leadership solutions. Rowan is a highly respected advisor to CEOs with over two decades’ experience in guiding businesses and their leaders towards reaching their fullest potential. Rowan leads The CEO Project, a Lockstep initiative.
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