Colonel Greg Gadson has an extraordinary story. Now wheelchair-bound after suffering near-fatal injuries while serving in Iraq in 2007, the Colonel is proving that pride, poise, and teamwork are not only the things that saved his life, but the things that have gone on to influence thousands of people.
During his conversation with Managing Partner Chris Sugden, Colonel Gadson explains why pride, poise, and especially teamwork are vital to surviving adversity.
How do we practice pride, poise, and teamwork? Here’s the rundown:
- Establish a culture of resilience and perseverance.
It begins with setting an example using your own attitudes and behavior. A leader should showcase these traits by taking initiative, staying positive in difficult situations, and remaining humble under any circumstance.
“...It was a low point for me. The thing that got me through was resilience and perseverance. My poise stopped me from quitting when I really wanted to.”
Strive to create a culture of emphasizing poise. Set an example of persevering when things go wrong. By taking the time to foster this, a leader can create an organization that is focused on achieving its goals and helping its members grow and succeed.
- Develop humility, poise, and team spirit.
It is important to foster a sense of collaboration, support, and respect within your team. Value each other, work together, support each other, and correct each other's flaws in a humble way.
“The thing that bonds us all together is holding each other accountable for our pride, character of poise, and realizing that everyone on the team is equally important.”
Colonel Greg Gadson explains that accountability is key. There is no growth without feedback. Empower each other so you can be successful.
3. Emphasize the importance of respect and diversity.
Respect and diversity should be celebrated and appreciated, and members of the team should be encouraged to bring their unique backgrounds and perspectives to the table. This can be done by:
- Facilitating conversations between team members
- Creating a feedback and recognition system
- Providing resources to help members of the team learn about different cultures
Colonel Gadson emphasizes that it is essential to be humble and to listen to the experiences of those around you. We must recognize the value of each individual and foster an environment of inclusion.
For more on how to create teams that thrive on pride, poise, and teamwork, tune in to Edison Partners Electrifying Growth podcast!