Do We Grow More From Comfort or From Challenge?

  • Fact: Our body’s immune system grows stronger when it is faced with a virus or manageable threat that it must defend against by growing antibodies. This is at the heart of why immunizations work. Likewise, individuals and organizations grow stronger from overcoming adversity, from being stretched outside of their comfort zones, and from the challenge of finding new capacities within themselves.
  • Action: Consider the extent to which you are currently asking your team to stretch, to grow and to face challenge and adversity. The role of the leader is to act much like the immune system of the body, developing stronger internal capabilities in the face of threats, which in turn builds confidence, fortitude and strength. What new request might you make of your team for the sake of strengthening their capacity to face and overcome challenges?