34 year old Serena Williams powered her way to win Wimbledon this week – a historic 22nd grand slam title. Her power, determination and ability is legendary, her career can provide a rich source of lessons for today’s business leader. Serena embodies key behaviours that are indicative of self-leadership which is the engine for individual performance.
Mindset – a mindset that is focused, clear about goals and visions and is through effective self leadership is empower to strive for excellence. Business leaders needed be focused around a vision/goals that motivates action and harnesses passion, developing an culture of high performance expectation.
As John Maxwell in his book failing forward states,
“In life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with your problems. If the possibility of failure were erased, what would you attempt to achieve”
For Serena the ability to bounce back, to recover effectively from failures, injuries, and battling personal difficulites are the hallmarks of her success. Drawing the respect of her peers and audience, with her fortitude, ability and drive to turn failures into successes. It is acknowledge that business leaders need to be resilient, to overcome the difficulties and challenges that presents itself in the workplace in the bid to drive their organisations forward. The myriad of such challenges are diverse as it is numerous, however resilience is an entity that is considered to be one that can be developed and built upon.
Meaningful learning is derived from the analysis of both your failures and your successes. Proper analysis of performance can provide a good analysis of where your strengths lie and points for further focused development. Such analysis can also provide the basis for measuring improvement and progress.