Leadership, Stamina, and Heart

The

cheetah survives on the African plains by running down its prey and can

sprint 70 miles per hour. But, according to the TV documentary I was

watching, the cheetah Cheetah-leaping

can’t sustain that pace for long. Inside its long, sleek body is a

disproportionately small heart. This causes the cheetah to tire out

quickly. Unless the speedster catches its prey on the first try, it has

to abandon the chase. 

Sometimes

we approach leadership the same way. We zoom into projects with

unbridled energy. But lacking energy for sustained effort, we fizzle out

before we finish. We garner more resources, try new strategies, cut

costs, manage the metrics, and vow to start faster and run harder.

What we need may not be more speed, but more staying power–stamina that comes only from having a bigger heart.

Leadership Bonus: Check out a broad array of tips and advice at the Leadership Development Carnival, graciously hosted this month by Jesse Lyn Stoner.


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Steve has designed and delivered leadership and communication programs for some of the world's largest organizations, and has more than 30 years in training, development, and high-level executive coaching. His Roesler Group has created and delivered leadership and talent development internationally for corporations such as Pfizer, Minerals Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, NordCarb Oy Ab, and Specialty Minerals--Europe. Steve is currently involved in the latest update of his Presenting With Impact program, a cross-cultural presentations workshop that has been delivered on five continents to more than 1,000 participants representing nearly 60 nationalities.

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