What are the leadership qualities that enable teams to overcome adversity?
The most important quality is emotional intelligence. This means knowing yourself deeply and having the ability to empathize with others so you can earn their trust. As a leader, you put yourself in your people’s shoes, understand what causes them anxiety or fear in a situation of adversity, and then help them find the inner strength and courage to master the situation. Another very important quality is the ability to inspire faith and a sense of purpose. It is remarkable how teams can overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges when their leader inspires them to see a worthy cause in their fight and to see an exciting future that will be achieved. Aside from professional adversity, are there any instances of personal adversity that you have confronted? How did you overcome them? Adversity would be too strong a word for any personal experiences—I have been very fortunate. One big challenge has certainly been to adapt to and succeed in cultures that are new. I think I mastered those ch