top of page

Leadership During Adversity

Leadership During Adversity: Tips for Suc

Today is Memorial Day, a time to honor and remember the brave souls who have served our country. Last year, I had the profound experience of visiting Pearl Harbor. Reflecting on the bravery and sacrifices of those who served during that pivotal moment in history, I was deeply moved by their resilience and courage.

Entrance into the Arizona Memorial

This visit reminded me of the importance of gratitude and resilience, not just in our personal lives but in our leadership journeys as well. As we commemorate Memorial Day, let’s explore how we can reframe our mindset to lead with clarity, connection, and confidence, even in the face of setbacks.

Visiting Pearl Harbor reinforced the importance of gratitude in leadership.

By focusing on thankfulness, we can transform challenges into opportunities for growth and connection.

One significant setback I've faced in my leadership journey is feeling like I should be farther along in my business than I am. This feeling of falling short can be disheartening, but by reframing my mindset, I've learned to view these moments as opportunities for growth and learning.


Steps to Embrace a Growth Mindset

A growth mindset is a belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and effort. Embracing a growth mindset is particularly important for women leaders, as they often face unique challenges and barriers. Recent research has shown that women tend to underestimate their abilities and internalize failures more than men.


1️⃣ Embrace the Power of "Yet"

  • Instead of viewing setbacks as permanent, remind yourself that you haven't achieved your goals "yet." This simple shift in perspective can open up possibilities for growth and improvement.

2️⃣ Emphasize Effort Over Outcome

  • Focus on the process and the effort you put into your work rather than just the end result. Recognize that setbacks are opportunities to learn and grow.

3️⃣ Seek Out Challenges

  • Step outside your comfort zone and embrace new challenges. Each challenge presents an opportunity to develop new skills and expand your capabilities.

Names of the fallen in the Arizona Memorial

While reframing your mindset is crucial, it's equally important to recognize and address all emotions genuinely. This brings us to the concept of toxic positivity—the belief that we should only focus on positive emotions and dismiss any negative feelings.

As leaders, we must balance positivity with a realistic acknowledgment of challenges to foster genuine connections and build trust.


👉🏻 Acknowledge All Emotions: Recognize and validate both positive and negative emotions in yourself and others.


👉🏻 Promote Realistic Optimism: Encourage a balanced perspective that includes hope and positive thinking while acknowledging challenges.

👉🏻 Create a Safe Space: Foster an environment where team members feel comfortable expressing their true feelings without judgment.

Your Challenge for this Week

This week, take time each day to reframe a challenge you face. Whether it's a project setback or a difficult conversation, use the steps of embracing a growth mindset: view the challenge as an opportunity, focus on your effort, and seek out new ways to grow from the experience. Additionally, practice acknowledging all emotions to avoid toxic positivity and create a more balanced perspective.

By incorporating these practices, you'll not only enhance your resilience but also improve your overall leadership presence. Every challenge is a chance to learn, lead, and inspire.


As always, I LOVE hearing from you… what are you taking from today’s content?


Comment below or email me at


Until next week, keep thriving!


Commenting has been turned off.
bottom of page