The Society News
Letter from the President
Dear Society Member,
I hope your summer is off to a great start. It’s officially July, and that means one of America’s favorite weeks of the year is just around the corner—Shark Week. Named in 2010 as the longest-running cable television programming event in history, Shark Week is an annual, week-long TV programming block that has consumed viewers of all ages for the past 29 years.
Each year, Shark Week consists of a variety of informative, educational and captivating stories. And if you pay close attention, you’ll notice leadership lessons that all can benefit from. Here are a few that are top of mind:
· Be Decisive: In life, sudden situations will arise that require quick decision making. Occasionally these decisions not only impact the decision-maker, but all those involved. Leaders need to be able to take immediate and decisive action. The quickest way to become decisive is to be intentional about being decisive. Take some time imagining yourself as a decisive person in various situations and practice that muscle. The more you visualize it, the easier it will be to actualize it.
· Seek Knowledge: Continually seek education and knowledge from those around you, particularly when you find yourself in times where advice is needed. If the manpower and resources are available, don’t endure it on your own. A great way to start expanding your network is to become involved in activities and organizations that will introduce you to new people. Stay connected with these connections beyond the event. Utilize social media tools such as LinkedIn to remain on their radar, and make sure to continually nurture the relationship through continued conversations and engagement.
· Be Brave: Leadership requires bravery. Being brave or courageous does not come automatic for most and requires some practice. A good place to start is by naming your phobias, outline steps on how to conquer them, and challenge yourself to complete each one by a set deadline. Once you face your fears head on and work through them, the phobias will turn into minor discomforts.
· Be Determined: Leaders must have relentless determination. Failures and negativity only stops those who let it. Just like surfers who are determined to get back in the water after an accident, leaders must also be resilient in their efforts to return to normalcy following a crisis.
This month I encourage you to be observant and make note of leadership truths you find in other unlikely sources!
I hope you are having a wonderful, safe and relaxing summer.
The National Society of Leadership and Success
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4 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Shark Week
By John Whyte, M.D., MPH
By Tony Johnson
Then a 20 foot Great White Shark swam at the cage, gripped it with its powerful jaws, and put 2 tons of weight behind the force of its attack.
It was heart stopping and it wasn’t even me in that cage. But as the battle-scarred shark relented and others swam in to inspect this visitor into their world, it occurred to me. There are some very serious leadership lessons to be learned here. Lessons from the sharks and from those who study and protect them.
Lessons we can only learn during Shark Week.