Focus and Flexibility by Dr. Nthabiseng Legoete (GLS18)

The Global Leadership Summit 2018 featured Dr. Nthabiseng Legoete who is “the founder of Quali Health, a social enterprise focused on delivering affordable primary healthcare to marginalised communities in South Africa.”

Focus on WHY you started.

As leaders, we don’t discuss times about failures, about mistakes we have made. We lose the focus on why we are there.

Challenges do not mean the dream is not working.

Challenges are stepping stones and learnings to lead you to a better place.

Be Flexible on HOW you get to the goal

Changing the HOW doesn’t mean you change the WHAT or the WHY.

Thinking my organization can solve the problem undermines the largeness of the problem!

Collaborate with those who share the WHY.

Be relentless and unwavering in WHAT you want to achieve but not inflexible on HOW you want to get there.

Do not be surprised when we face defeat, challenges or resistance.

Challenges are part of a purpose-filled journey. They should not deter us.

Forgive ourselves for making mistakes.

Remember: this is not about you!

There will be critics and some will not like you. There will be a lot of noise.

Be willing to make the hard decisions to move the organization forward.

Expect pain and doubt. Being surprised is what paralyzes us.

A vision can not be dependent on any one single person.

Faith keeps us going!

Remind yourself: Are you doing what you set out to achieve?

If so, then keep going and ignore the noise!

From “The Man in the Arena” by Theodore Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

 

 

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