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  • Writer's pictureRoger Grant


Updated: Nov 26, 2020

Revamp your leadership Persona.

You're holding a Cheshire Cat smile...tight. Your afternoon drowsiness has been shattered by what sounds to your strained senses like Michael Jordan: “You're tougher than you think you are. And you can do more than you think you can. Pack your bags for the next level. There's a bigger game to be won here.”

Are you being called to something bigger?

Now, whether it was MJ, your aunt May or the spirit of the universe, you've just been called. This year, I have seen leaders face unprecedented challenges at all levels, with their teams, their clients and their own ways of working. I have seen their deep desire to solve these challenges, and I have been inspired by the pace of acceleration in adapting to these changes, especially the adoption of digitalisation.

Important opportunities are presenting themselves to you right now that was not there before. You’ve been tickling the elephant, and by gosh, the elephant has now turned and is looking you straight in the eye. Inside, your head is perfect ear-to-ear panic & chicken shit. Oh, fu*k.

And MJ is saying: “You got this, let’s go!”

From somewhere deep within, against your rational objections, you find yourself replying: “Yes, of course, count on me, I’m in.”

Breathe...hang on a minute...breathe…

Your Cheshire Cat smile starts to break, switch to poker face, emanate perfect calm & wisdom.

I never cared about money or fame, and I don’t care now. I follow the groove, and money always follows.— Quincy Jones

HBR will have you believe that there is a standard formula for becoming a successful CEO. A model answer for CEO excellence. Just add water, and ready to lead. I think not!

Powerful transformations are not effortless. Reaching your next level of performance may require you to get things wrong before you can get it right. You have a lot of questions but not a lot of answers. You are not sure what lies ahead. Answering the higher calling requires a leap of faith, overall your rational objections.

You may not feel ready to lead.

But this is not an excuse to wait. It is a call to begin. To honour your gift. To show up, for yourself, as your best and elevated self, and for others around you. Even without invitation. Show up in an extraordinary way. In the way only you can.

Throughout your life, you have tickled a fair few elephants, requiring constant reinvention, rebirth to get here, to take the moment in front of you. The atom bomb of transformations, puberty...ugh...acne...1st teeth bang kiss.

All great leaders are constantly reinventing themselves. It doesn't stay the same; it evolves. And it’s personal. It’s not the same for everyone. It’s a lifelong practice of powerful transformations, of boiling down the essence of your leadership. We call this process leadership branding.

Revamp your leadership persona.

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