Regardless of What We Face, It’s Important to Remain Rooted in What Matters Most
In much of the northern hemisphere, leaves have begun to turn, and a slight crispness has hit the air. I’ve had the opportunity to live in a few different parts of the world, and while it’s a little less “crisp” here in Texas, this transition from summer to fall always stands out in temperate climates.
Here in the US, children have returned to school, fall décor abounds at our local shops, and the anticipation of winter holidays is starting to pick up. It’s a tangible reminder that change truly is as constant as the seasons.
In the same way that this season guides us through the transition from summer's warmth to winter's chill, our professional journeys are constantly evolving, moving from one season to the next, with new challenges and opportunities alike.
And conscious leaders—that is, those who lead with self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and ethical decision-making— lean on the values that ground them while leveraging the wisdom of experience to foster the entire organization’s success and growth.
It’s essential to adapt and evolve in every season.
For most leaders, their professional trajectory wasn’t a particularly straightforward one. No one strapped a rocket to their backs and launched them to the C-Suite. It’s more likely that they navigated high and low seasons, learning along the way and gaining more tools to succeed as they progressed. You can’t always predict what the next day or month or quarter will hold, but over time you can learn to anticipate and lean into the changes that come with each season. And the challenging seasons are often the ones where we experience the most opportunity for growth. Trees shed leaves to save energy, gearing up for a comeback in spring. Likewise, leaders must be willing to make room for new ideas and innovation. It's this cycle of renewal that keeps companies – and leaders – vibrant and adaptable, no matter their circumstances.
Ask yourself how you might adapt to the season you’re in, and as you look ahead, reflect on how you might apply these new skills in the future.
Your core values are your roots.
Picture a tree in autumn – its leaves might flutter away, but its roots stand strong, deep in the ground. With each of my clients, we dedicate time to naming the deeply held principles and values that help them weather the storms of change. Consciously and unconsciously, your core values inform your decisions, interactions, and relationships.
And in my experience, the most thoughtful, conscientious leaders manage their teams and communicate in ways that are rooted in and aligned with their core values. Yes, success is measured by revenue, deals closed, and other KPIs, but leading with your core values enables you to feel peace in your heart and take pride in your actions.
Connection and communication are critical.
In a world profoundly influenced by digital communication and hyperconnectivity, maybe it’s an understatement to say that it's all about relationships. Perhaps the more important thing to consider, then, is the quality of the relationships we form with our teams, our peers, and stakeholders. Success isn't a solo gig; it's an orchestra where everyone plays a part. And senior leaders are uniquely tasked with fostering a network of mentorship and teamwork that's all about growth and strength. And you can only do this when you emphasize balance and development—both for yourself and your team.
Leaders can model this by prioritizing their own well-being—from consistently using their vacation time to seeking opportunities to develop as a leader like executive coaching. We’ll all face intense seasons in our careers, but burnout certainly isn't a badge of honor.
As leaders, we’ll face high and low seasons, but it’s important we remain rooted in what matters most. This fall, I hope you’ll take some time to reflect on your own journey. From high-octane moments to quieter stretches, how have you adapted and evolved? What steps did you take to build connections and foster a culture that is balanced, innovative, and collaborative?