3 things I learned about leadership when I threw myself into the open


“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” ― C. JoyBell C.

This weekend several members of the WealthCo team, along with friends and family competed in the Reebok Spartan Challenge, and I feel very confident when I say:

  • It was an incredible physical experience.

  • It was an incredible mental challenge.

  • Being covered head to toe in mud around your co-workers is only awkward until they are covered in mud too…at that point, the teamwork begins and nobody gets left behind.

I should also say – we were all terrified that we weren’t ready to do this - we’re in Wealth Management… not a group that famously pumps out elite extreme athletes.

Although we would never have quit when they called the name WealthCo at the starting line, I’m sure most of us had a brief thought of running in the opposite direction as fast as our ‘sort of trained’ legs could carry us. But we didn’t – we threw ourselves forward with the drive and determination we have every single day, and this is what I learned in the process.

1. Achieving goals is not a spectator sport.

Less than one minute ago you read my generalized observation that Wealth Managers are not usually ‘elite extreme athletes’, and although I believe that this is true individually, as a team we were the best of the best.

Through months of training, or just talking about the fact that perhaps we should start training, we built a framework for success through achieving our common goal. Our colleagues, friends and family actively supported, encouraged and trained with us along the way, and that made all of the difference. The day of the race, our biggest supports were the ones responsible for our first step.

2. Core values are the core of success.

We were a quarter into the challenge with a steady and determined pace when we hit a wall – literally.

We were not the only people staring at the first major hurdle to completing the race. To the right and left of us people were contemplating not only the challenge, but the challenges we could only imagine lay ahead – that is until a young girl competing on her own asked our teammate a simple question: “Excuse me, can you please give me a boost?”

With that, we knew we had the race in the bag, because we didn’t show up as a team, we showed up as a team with a strong dedication to our core values.

  • Leadership

  • Teamwork

  • Respect

  • Accountability

  • And last but certainly not least, Passion.

That young girl made it seamlessly over the wall, as did all of us, and to no surprise many other competitors before we saw our teammate climb over so we could keep moving forward together.

3. Leaders never cross the finish line alone.

Almost two hours, 23 obstacles, waist deep mud and countless words of encouragement later – we crossed the finish line in the exact same place we started – together.

Exhausted and elated at our victory, the conversation rested entirely on where we helped one another, and how we could better support each other next year. There was no talk of crossing it off a ‘bucket list’ and walking away. The focus was entirely on how we could better support all of the people that shared the same common goal to make it to the finish line next year.

And we will…because we learned, we grew and we changed what we thought was a goal to finish together into a goal of helping everyone finish - by throwing ourselves into the open.

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