Ethics and Direction

Years ago I used to watch the Paris-Dakar rally, perhaps one of the most grueling events in motorsport history.

Until the mid-2000s, the traditional event that began in 1979 covered almost 10,000 km between Paris, France and Dakar, Senegal. It was an endurance race, made to test the resistance of both driver and machine.

The most treacherous part of the race took place across the Sahara desert. At this stage, many pilots would get lost for days in the desert, because as the desert sands shifted, they covered the course markers from sight. This disorientation was lethal in the pre-GPS era, to the point that some teams never finished the race.

For me, this is a perfect picture of leadership. Leadership is a race of resistance and achieving your goals requires perseverance and focus. However, we all go through desert experiences where we feel we have lost our way. Confusion, doubt and fear set in. It is in crossing the deserts of leadership that our values ​​can serve as markers that will keep us on track.

Leaders are often like pilots in the desert, navigating the unknown in a constantly changing hostile environment. It is in the midst of these challenges that your values ​​will serve to keep you on track when the course seems uncertain.

What about you? How do you use your moral compass to navigate the challenges of a changing world?

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