Embracing your inherent “extraordinary” nature can be difficult.
If it wasn’t, there would be no conversations around the questioning of confidence and esteem, and there would be no short supply of brazen and bold individuals who are fearless and ready to do something that’s outside of the realm of ordinary. The act of embracing “extraordinary,” daring oneself to be something or do something outside of one’s comfort zone can be revolutionary, it can be remarkable.
Consider what the word extraordinary means: special, exceptional, and unique –and that’s just to name a few. That’s a word that’s often applied to heroes, leaders, game changers, entertainers, and political greats. For more than two decades, I’ve conducted research on leaders, and about 8 years ago I found that these leaders and heroes all have five ordinary things in common: passion, integrity, courage, resilience, and confidence.
These five traits can be practiced independently, but as a collection, these items fuel success. Passion is instrumental for work and life. Integrity is essential for trust in personal and professional relationships; courage is necessary for overcoming obstacles; and resilience is the buoyancy, allowing you to bounce back when knocked down. Finally, confidence, the most fortified attribute, is precious and important for acceleration and sustainability.
“An Introduction to Extraordinary” is the first post in a series published around the “Dare To Be Extraordinary” address, shared at the independently organized TED event, TEDx Adelphi University. The pieces that follow are “An Introduction to Extraordinary,” “An Introduction to Passion,” “An Introduction to Courage,” “An Introduction to Resilience,” “An Introduction to Integrity” and “An Introduction to Confidence.”
Christine M. Riordan, PhD, is the 10th president of Adelphi University in New York. Her writing focuses on diversity and inclusion, leadership effectiveness, and career success. Follow her on Twitter at @Chris_M_Riordan.
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