Sequoia leadership
4 traits
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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.

Related resources:

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.