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Leadership Insights by Linda Allen-Hardisty

Like a tennis pro hungry for a grand slam, leaders are ambitious, and at times, question their own self-regard.

Wimbledon offers us three timely leadership lessons:


  1. Past performance doesn’t guarantee the future. Don’t count anyone out!

At Wimbledon, everyone starts at round one regardless of their past performance. Past winners and finalists can, and do, get knocked out early. Nothing is guaranteed.

Players must re-earn their spot in the grand slam every single time.

Leadership lessons: Visualize and re-imagine what new performance will be like. Stay confident in your ability to succeed; however, accept that every initiative or set back is a new one - there are no guarantees that what you got you here will get you there. Don't count anyone out. You may be surprised by someone who is less experienced in your circle possesses what is needed. Invite them, observe, be ready.

  1. When challengers get on your nerves, re-affirm your values and ground into reality.

When your values are  different than another's, you can feel frustrated by their behavior. They may get on your nerves as their behavior rubs up against your values.

Leadership Lesson: Reaffirm your values. Acknowledge your feelings. Allow any judgment you feel to flow past you, and see the situation for what it is. Acknowledge it and move on, focusing on what you do best.  The winning tennis match - and next successful business conversation - depends on it.

  1. Accept that change can be messy - it just is.

Leaders can get frustrated with themselves, especially during challenging times like leading a company through a change and hitting more walls than anticipated. Breathe. Shake it off.

Leadership Lesson: During challenging times, stay the course and find ways to re-ground. One shot at a time, one play at a time, one step at a time.

Photo credit: City of Regina

The new normal is to take each new day as a new day. Reflect on lessons from your struggles as much as you remember them from your successes.

What can you take with you into this new day?

Don't count anyone out, re-earn your spot, re-affirm your values, and remember, one shot at a time, one play at a time, one step at a time.

Linda Allen-Hardisty is an optimistic senior leader who integrates people and perspectives to create progressive relationships that responsibly provide regrowth and optimism for future generations. Learn more about Linda here.

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  1. Mary Campbell on July 13, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Great analogy…Helpful in reaffirming the process for decisions that need to be made

  2. Wendy Ward on August 15, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Good read!

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