The mighty and beautiful Sequoia Forest provides an excellent
lesson in leadership.  Here are the truths about leadership one
can find while meditating under these magnificent trees.

1. Leaders are most effective in their “perfect
environment”.

The area in which the Sequoia thrives is limited by external
conditions. No matter what the Sequoia does it cannot survive
beyond the borders of its forest. Likewise, leaders will find their
own “forest” where conditions are perfect for their natural style of
leadership.  

2. Allow future leaders to grow.

Mature sequoias tower over the younger trees.  However, they
still allow sun and rain to permeate all levels of the forest.  
Leaders must also allow those whom they lead an opportunity to
flourish.

3. Adversity is essential.

Without adversity, in the form of forest fires, the Sequoia would
become extinct. Likewise, leaders and the people they lead need
to experience occasional adversity in order to strengthen their
cohesiveness.

Through diversity they will learn each other’s strengths and help
each other to overcome weaknesses. It is only through the fires
they face that they will be able to realize their potential as a team
and as individuals.

4. Do not allow adversity to burn you.

Just as the Sequoia uses adversity for the continuation of life,
leaders need to use adversity for their own personal growth and
the growth of those they lead.
Everyone has a choice in how they will react to the negative
instances in their path. Leaders choose to stay positive.

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This is an excerpt from “
Life’s Leadership Lessons” a collection of
53 anecdotal leadership lessons, each with an anecdote and the
application of the topic in your everyday life. It is designed for use
in weekly staff meetings or for personal development.
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