Photo credit: Alastair Humphreys

On Becoming a Resilient Leader

It’s lonely at the top. But it doesn’t have to be.

🌊 My Journey Navigating Loss

“Jonny… I’m so sorry to be the one to tell you this. It’s Sophie. Her body was found this morning. She had an anxiety attack at work. It looks like she took her own life.”

My partner Sophie, preparing for a chilly sea swim at Brighton beach

🐺 The Myth of The Lonely Struggle

“Leaders who persist out of stubbornness, believing themselves to be gritty, are at best delusional and, at worst, reckless… that struggle exacerbates the everyday pain; we struggle to accept the roller-coaster ride for what it is: life.“

Jerry Colonna, Author of Reboot

There are endless online courses and accelerator programs that will teach you how to scale a marketing strategy or raise capital, but very few that effectively teach you to self-regulate your emotions and scale yourself as a leader.

💰 What Are the Costs of Burnout?

“If you haven’t experienced burnout and you don’t know what it is, it’s very easy to believe it could never happen to you — especially if you’re earlier in your career.”

– Joel Gascoigne, Buffer Co-founder

Joel Gascoigne, Buffer Co-founder

One founder told us that his depression cost their startup ‘A third of our funding’, another C-suite exec wrote ‘We lost about 9–12 months over a period of 3 years’.

By 2025, we will start to see CRO’s — Chief Resilience Officers. Several pioneering companies already have them (just not yet by that title)

Photo credit: Alastair Humphreys trekking in Greenland

🤷‍♂️ What if ‘Stress’ Isn’t The Enemy?

So the real question becomes, how do we train our resilience to stress as the path to growth?

Photo Credit: Jan Chipchase // Studio D.

👩‍🚀 Redefining Resilience

“The illiterate of the 21st century will be those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” — Alvin Toffler

🤷‍♂️ We Always Have a Choice

We’ve been taught to live in our heads and being disconnected from our emotions and embodied feedback.

Photo credit: Alastair Humphreys trekking in Greenland

🏋️‍♂️ Knowledge is only a rumour until it lives in the muscle

“Ironically the biggest inhibitor to putting a training programme in place is that it will take too much time. Keep in mind, there is no investment you can make that will do more to improve productivity in your company.

Therefore being too busy to train is the moral equivalent of being too hungry to eat.” — Ben Horowitz

👐 How to Participate

🏔️ The Mission for Curious Leaders

Cofounder @Maptia. Emotional Resilience coach. Meditation Teacher. TEDx Speaker and host of the Curious Humans Podcast.

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