Leadership: A Thriving or Surviving State of Mind?
Leadership. Many would say they understand the fundamental difference between thriving and surviving.
Most leaders would easily choose thriving over surviving at any given moment in time. So why is it that hype around teaching business leaders and others how to “survive”?
Let’s take a more in-depth look at the fundamental difference between the two so that you can better understand which would be the one of choice.
Survive: Intransitive verb – to remain alive or in existence
Thrive: Intransitive verb – to grow vigorously or realize a goal despite circumstances
So the question is, are you in search of the same thing, or are you in search of something different?
Chances are, if you are not happy where you are right now, then you would be more interested in a change.
Can change be created out of survival? Yes! Can change be achieved by thriving? Yes!
Then what is the difference between the two?
A Survival State of Mind
(1) One who approaches life with the notion of surviving will pursue paths with the least resistance.
(2) We will stand around and wait for external variables to shift.
(3) Will seek to streamline the business by hacking away at the core of its business, resulting in the expulsion of the most useful of tools and productive measures.
A Thriving State of Mind
(1) An individual who steps forward with the intent to thrive does not react to challenges. Instead, they confront challenges with the intent of turning such challenges into opportunity.
(2) Leaders seek out obstacles in order to promote change in their environment, thus causing an external reaction, as opposed to wielding the sword of reaction internally.
(3) One whose purpose is to thrive will seek ways to invest in its core business while others see a dormant survival a good enough. A time of struggle is when you must invest the most, both in yourself and the tools that assist you in achieving your goals.
What Thriving Is and What Surviving Is Not?
(1) Not allowing external variables impact how you view obstacles internally.
(2) A fundamental understanding that without change, there can be no progress.
(3) Respect for the mistakes that come along with change and the error that leads to progress Knowing how to take advantage of disadvantaged situations in order to re-evaluate, learn, and identify applicable lessons in one’s error.
(4) Always moving, independent of the dormant environment one may find in their surrounding.
(5) Move others to action through innovative ways to create new opportunities.
Leadership is not about bossing someone or doing everything all alone. It is all about forming and leading a team which is full of energy, spirit and zeal to learn anything new every day. Along with honesty, unity, humanity and kindness for each other. A leader can inculcate these qualities in employees very easily if he or she has the same. Because people follow a person to be, like them. If you want your team to be best, then be the best mentor for them. As it is said, “Failing along is better than failing alone”.
So, THRIVE to be a LEADER.