Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What Was Your Mountaintop Moment?

There have been many famous mountains throughout history.  The stories that come from them have shaped the lives of millions of people around the world.  Consider this short list: Horab, Carmel, Calvary, Vesuvius, Everest and Suribachi.  All have important stories to tell. All have made a difference in the lives of those who were there, (some terrible, and some incredibly beautiful.)  All had something so profound occur that people's lives changed permanently after being touched on "their mountain." 

Maybe those names are unfamiliar; or maybe they leap off the screen at you. Either way, we've all had significant moments in our lives that altered our journey. One of those changes pushed you into leadership.  You've accepted, embraced, struggled, and excelled at being a leader.  I have too.

Talking about leading, and actually leading are two very different things.  I'm often inspired when listening to or reading other leaders discuss leadership behaviors. It's much harder however to put that inspiration into practice.  Some leaders have shared their mountaintop experiences in such a powerful way that their words live on in history.  Others touch us in a way that no words are ever spoken, but the experience itself is so impactful that we are moved to do great things in our own our leadership.

Was there a defining moment that touched you in such a meaningful way that you had no choice but to step up?  Who, or what, made the difference for you? Sometimes a few words are all that it takes.  What was your mountaintop moment?

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

pic courtesy of Iwo Jima

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