An introduction to ‘Riding The Waves.’
In the Autumn of 2018, two particularly exciting things happened to me; both book related. (Perhaps I should get out more but that’s a little tricky at the moment!) Firstly, Bloomsbury published my second book, Ten Traits of Resilience (thrilling in itself) but right up there with this, was the fact that the publishers had sufficient confidence in Ten Traits to commission a third before the second went to print.
I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. If my first book, Leading From the Edge, was about keeping your head above water as a leader, and Ten Traits explored how to maintain your resilience over time, this new one would be about how to actually enjoy leadership, when, let’s face it, it is often a really tough gig!
We all go into leadership full of dreams and aspirations and wanting to do good but, unfortunately, some of us fall out of love with the job. It’s generally down to one or more of the following reasons:
1. Some don’t feel that the work they are doing is making a real difference and so lack job satisfaction.
2. They end up doing less and less of the things that they joined for and are good at i.e. teaching.
3. They experience a feeling of disconnect; the further up any organisation you go, the more isolated you can feel.
4. They do not feel aligned to the values of the organisation or system for whom they work.
When we set off on our leadership journey we hope for calm waters and plain sailing and yet…..
Leadership is always eventful and some of those events will inevitably be negative, buffeting us at or like waves in a storm, threatening to engulf us altogether.
To paraphrase John Shedd, a ship is safe in harbour but that is not what ships are for. The leaders that I have really admired over the years, face much the same challenges as anyone else. They recognise that the seas will sometimes be rough but they set sail on regardless. They see those waves as challenges to be overcome and crucially, they enjoy the journey. Not every moment of every day but the voyage is something to enjoyed.
Described, by teacher, writer and speaker @Hywel_Roberts as ‘A fireside chat’… ‘a book of proactivity, reflection, resilience and leadership,’ This is a book full of advice on steering the ship and enjoying the voyage.
I hope you will enjoy it.
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