Keep Calm and Carry On

As Summer approaches, it’s as good a time as any to pause and reflect on our achievements, our hits, our misses and the lessons learned.

Whether your leadership impacts on a global organisation, a local sports team, a business, a family or all of the above, consider this – what is the single most important lesson learned from how you played your cards across the year so far?
For myself, this year, the single most important principle that has most benefited my leadership at work, in my community and at home, has been “keep calm and carry on”.

Surprisingly enough, it was the combination of managing my emotions better despite the challenges together with staying the course, that I’m the most proud of and grateful for. For this to happen, I needed to both put in effort on remaining ‘the observer’ of my thoughts and feelings (especially under pressure), whilst remaining guided by my long-term vision.

Leadership as I’ve experienced it for myself and observed it in others, also tends to be shadowed by a set of ‘sayings’ and ‘beliefs’. Although I rarely say ‘keep calm and carry on’, I have found a way to live it. I have cultivated certain attitudes and invite you to take note of your own set of rules, beliefs and attitudes that you live in practice (rather than subscribe to as the ideal to aim for).

In calm reflection of both the high and low points of the year soon to finish, I firmly assert that pragmatism, positivity, courage and humility are the four attitudes that have served myself and others at my leadership best, whatever the weather.
Leadership is an ever-continuing work in progress, learning something new every day is great when it happens, but much of the time, ‘hard-graft’ is required to deliver to the ever-higher standards too many of us set ourselves and self-development gets nudged lower down the priority list.

In calm reflection, earlier this year, I realised that I too was guilty of allowing some ‘slippage’ on self-dev work. So I got together with my esteemed colleague and friend Nick Bradley (CEO & Founder Mandala Leaders) and joined the Mandala Leaders Circle. Working in a safe and trusted environment with other leaders, sharing both the challenges and the impact of those challenges, has been deeply rewarding and I can’t recommend this path highly enough.

Whatever you do as a leader, any improvement in your performance, consistency and balance will impact on many other people’s lives and the welfare of the communities you touch. Think about that for a few moments… keep calm and carry on.

About the Author

Daniel Frowein is an experienced Branding specialist having served organisations of all sizes from start-ups to PLC’s over more than 25 years. He has led strategy, sales and creative teams delivering growth through engagement and communication programs.

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