Leadership Lesson #18: Embracing Change

The simplest definition of leadership is influencing others to d something while working towards a common goal or agenda. In 2022, I’m focusing on becoming a better leader in all areas of my life. As I grow, I’m sharing lessons and stories along the way. Thanks for tuning in and I hope something I share resonates with you in your leadership (influence) journey. 

Recently, a puppy showed up in our yard one night. He didn’t have a collar or any indication of belonging to anyone so we took him in for a few days. The first day, he was very timid and shy and almost afraid of fast movements and the unfamiliar. He stayed in one spot in the backyard and only ventured out to go to the bathroom or to eat. He jumped every time a dog barked. The second day, he began to warm up more to us and his surroundings. He wasn’t as jumpy or fearful and began exploring the back yard. He would run a little and play with a ball. The third day, he was watching the door to see when we might come out and play with him. He went to the fence and barked with the other dogs on the other side. And he was running in the yard and finding ways to entertain himself. In just three short days, what was once unfamiliar, unknown and scary, had become familiar and safe. 

In life, we go through many seasons and change is inevitable. We can resist change and remain fearful and “jumpy” of the unknown or we can embrace it and make the best of a new season. We can find opportunities to grow and learn in every season. That’s one of the keys that makes a great leader. 

What situation are you facing that seems scary, unknown or intimidating? What is one step you can take to embrace the situation? What lessons can you learn from this experience? How is it making you a better leader? 

~Coletta Jones Patterson

Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach and business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. She hosts a beyond stuck podcast and has written seven inspirational books. Connect with Coletta at info@moveu4ward.com. 

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