These past few days my wife and I have been in Jackson, Wyoming and the ultra-fantastic Grand Teton National Park. I only reserve “ultra fantastic” for that place, and that place only, because of its awesome scenic beauty and uncanny ability to uplift the human spirit (particularly mine).
This place often brings me clarity on a lot of topics, particularly on leadership. This time was no exception – and it was a real case of déjà vu. I had recently faced a few challenges at work, and driving around the Tetons I once again thought of a certain word, and a certain blog post I wrote about two years ago……..
When I look at mountains like these I think of the word “majesty” – magnificent towering cathedrals of rock piercing the sky. Solid and imposing, with a quiet dignity overlooking the forests and fields below them.
Lately I’ve been thinking about how humans can and should display majesty – not the royal kind, but this mountain kind. It’s coming to mind because my business has hit a couple of speed bumps of late, requiring a “crisis mode” mentality among my fellow teammates and leaders.
These are times when leadership is tested, and how we present ourselves is critically important. We need to be solid, dignified, and yes, even a little imposing. Folks are looking up to us for guidance and encouragement, and we can’t be a pile of mush. We need to be majestic, just like the mountain.
Look at the origin of the word – it comes from the Latin majestas – “greatness, dignity, honor, excellence” . That’s a powerful quartet combined into one.
So it’s perfect timing that I’m driving around a bunch of majesty at a time where I really need to somehow summon up those qualities associated with it. Yes, it’s a high standard (pardon the pun), but our business demands it right now.
“Majestic leadership” – sounds much better than “crisis management“, doesn’t it?
Funny how things can come full circle – once again, I needed those mountains to talk to me. And sure enough, they did.
We’re heading home tomorrow, and now I have the right mindset to put some greatness, dignity, honor and excellence in my leadership this week.
Courtesy of those majestic Grand Tetons. Thanks, my friends.