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  • Writer's pictureReeshemah Davis

Leading through Personal Struggles

How do you maintain your business operation amid life's challenges?

Woman facing away smiling with her hand under her chin.

Over the past few months, I have been navigating through the ebbs and flows of grief, a deeply personal struggle that many of us are all too familiar with. My experiences have made me reflect on how leaders can maintain business operations while facing life challenges.

The essence of leadership lies in resilience, personal growth, and strategic planning - characteristics that can be honed even during personal hardships. Today, I'd like to share some insights into I maintained my business and navigated grief.

Understanding the Universal Nature of Grief

Grief is a universal human experience that affects individuals from diverse backgrounds, and recognizing its impact is essential for fostering a truly inclusive and compassionate environment.

We must remember that grief knows no boundaries. It impacts individuals irrespective of their race, culture, religion, or identity, each experiencing loss and grief uniquely. This is a key consideration for organizations prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

The Implications of Grief

Grief can significantly influence a person's mental health, well-being, and performance. The psychological toll that grief can impose on employees calls for creating a supportive culture within organizations.

An inclusive environment thrives on empathy and compassion. Acknowledging grief within DEI efforts fosters a culture of empathy where individuals feel seen, heard, and validated. We can foster understanding, deepen connections, and promote a sense of belonging by encouraging open conversations about grief and loss.

Leading Amid Personal Struggles

Navigating personal struggles while leading an organization is no easy task. During my grief journey, I found solace in a few key principles:

  1. Protecting my peace.

  2. Prioritizing personal relationships that honor me and my family.

  3. Keeping the main thing, the main thing.

It's important to remember that we are human first and leaders second. We have to protect our peace, focus on what truly matters, and honor our personal relationships. Through these principles, we can ground ourselves amid life's storms.

Reconnecting with Work During this period, I also took the time to reconnect with my work more profoundly. I sought to engage with genuinely purposeful clients in their equity journey. This endeavor was not merely for business growth but a reflection of my values and purpose as an individual and a leader.

Finding Joy in Passion

Coaching is a true passion, and spending time with my coaching clients filled my cup and helped me focus just as much as I helped them toward their goals.

A vital part of this journey has been continuing with my coaching. It's about the service to clients and the fulfillment and focus it brings me. It's a beautiful reciprocity in the coaching process that fuels resilience and focus amid personal struggles.

Leading through personal struggles is not about suppressing pain but leveraging it for growth, resilience, and empathy. These experiences, while challenging, can also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the people we lead, ultimately enriching our leadership journey.

If you are currently experiencing grief and trying to maintain your daily business operation needs, I would like to connect with you to help guide you through this time with specific steps that have helped me.

Wishing you peaceful thoughts,


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