In my many years in the fire service I definitely recognized that leadership is critical during a crisis. In fact, it was something that I studied, emulated, and tried to deeply understand. Recently, I read a great book called Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depends On It by Tom Kolditz. Since we are in a major market crisis right now, I felt the Extremis part of this book would be more than appropriate.
As I read this book, I quickly realized that Extremis Leadership is exactly what Tignum prepares our clients to do. There is a time to energize your team but there is also a time to calm and focus your team. Interesting enough, only your preparation, intentions, and Mindset will determine your ability to do this.
When it comes to a crisis, competence becomes the primary basis for trust. As we always say – first a leader must lead themselves and then they can lead others. Your habits, your concentration, and your ability to learn from every situation will be critical. This means, how did you review your previous performances, how much did you work on your Mindset, how much did you show up for work everyday prepared to be your best?
In leadership there is a time for introspection but in a crisis, Kolditz points out, a leader’s focus must be outward. It must be on the environment and on the problem at hand. Such control of focus must be practiced and it depends on you being fully recovered, fully hydrated, well nourished, fully present, and completely engaged. This is the Tignum Performance Highrise during an earthquake and once again it depends on a strong foundation and on strong support from your Mindset, Nutrition, Movement and Recovery pillars (habits).
Sustainable High Performance is an interesting term because it suggests that it’s about tomorrow. Don’t fool yourself, if you’re in a crisis – tomorrow depends on your ability to perform today. Build those Tignum habits now!
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer