Leadership is about facing challenges head-on and possessing the courage to push through adversity. Much like the hunting skills of an eagle, leaders stay focused on their ultimate goal, never intimidated by the size of their prey. As a speaker, I learned this lesson firsthand when things did not go as planned during a recent event. I will share my experience and lessons about fearless leadership in this blog.

In today’s world, everyone seems to be dropping F-bombs. I know what you may thinking, but the word I’m talking about is fearless, which I learned firsthand when I spoke at the Business Lyceum at The Batte Center on the Wingate University campus. Although things did not go as planned that evening, I took away valuable lessons and used them as an opportunity for personal growth. Listening to our own advice during adversity can help us become better leaders and although it may be challenging, perseverance will lead to more tremendous success in the long run.

On November 17th, I taught a session on Leading the Eagle Way. One of the insights was that an eagle possesses unsurpassed hunting skills and isn’t intimidated by the size of what it desires. Leading others requires facing our adversaries fearlessly and staying focused on the ultimate prize, regardless of the battle we face. It was a lesson for me because that night, I encountered a struggle that could have entirely changed the trajectory to another F-word: failure.

However, after leaving the auditorium, I went through the event repeatedly. I realized there were valuable lessons, not just for the students, faculty and guests but even more so for me. I spent the next 24 hours having a pity party, but then I re-read my presentation and found the opportunity to soar throughout the evening. That’s when I realized, once again, that adversity is what builds character and helps us grow. Lou Holtz once said, “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”

To be a great leader, we must focus on finding solutions rather than dwelling on problems. In my book, Soaring Through Adversity, I write, “Attitude is a small thing that makes a big difference.”   A positive attitude and a solution-focused mindset are essential to success. Leaders must stay focused on the goal and find ways to overcome obstacles. We must understand that challenges will come and go, but the ultimate goal is always achievable by keeping your eye on the prize.

Being a visionary is essential for success. Leaders must face adversity, often disguised as opportunities, head-on and stay focused regardless of the challenge. By focusing on solutions rather than problems, we can soar to new heights in our personal and professional lives.

Although the video and photos of my speech look perfect, as often occurs on social media, the reality was that things did not go as planned. Instead, I chose to persevere to inspire you to use your well-earned degree as a stepping stone for a more incredible passion and purpose. I am determined to listen to my advice when I say, “No matter where you are in life, there are always opportunities to learn and grow,” And grow, I did!

For everyone who attended the event, I hope you walked away with a new understanding of fearless leadership and how to face challenges head-on. And for those who missed it, I encourage you to remember that when life presents you with an unexpected challenge, stay focused on your goal and find ways to overcome it – just like an eagle hunting its prey. Fearless leadership is not about avoiding failure but embracing it and using it as a stepping stone towards success. So keep your head high, spread your wings, and soar fearlessly towards your goals, using your faith first, not last, to achieve Victory In Time.

Have a wonderful Christmas holiday, and remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.