Created under pressure, leaders are like diamonds

October 6, 2014   /   byMaria Garcia  / Categories :  Blog

As leaders, we go under a lot of pressure and discouragement.  Maybe this is because we are trying to polish our lives into something better?  We sometimes feel lost, but it could mean that something great is coming our way.  We are learning lessons from being under pressure.  We can compare life itself, to the hands of the person who refines a diamond.  The diamonds are put under fire, as life does the same thing to us in order to bring out the best version of our self. We are all like diamonds, helping each other with struggles and refinements. Learning from each others struggles and outcomes.  A diamond is graded on the 4c’s: cut, color, clarity and carat. Each of these grades have similarity in the behaviors of people who are trying to become, or already are leaders.  A leader is developed, just as a diamond starts from rock that must be mined and crushed in order to produce one small diamond. Circumstances play a vital role in  the creation of both.

Cut:

The only way a diamond can be cut is by another diamond.  Leaders have to be willing to strengthen relationships with other potential leaders in order to collaborate and grow. During the process, you may be required to expose your own personal story of struggles, and how you are overcoming them.  With your commitment to cut another diamond, you are showing that you are committed to the success of  your vision with the collaboration of other leaders.

Color:

There are rough diamonds, and colorless diamonds.  If we compare this to people, you will see a similarity. A diamond and leader alike, are brought into existence through great pressure and great heat. Leaders that don’t have the passion to continue to develop their skills and maximize their potential, are more like rough diamonds.  To be more like a colorless diamond as a leader, one must have the ability to go above and beyond and have a sharp vision. You show the way!  You can withstand the pressure, and function in high pressure settings.  You take on challenges and adversity to demonstrate true leadership.

Clarity:

If you have a dream, you need to become that leader so you can motivate others to follow. Vision will make a leader, but a diamond leader will radiate brilliance and communicate their dream effectively.  Diamonds are graded on clarity, among other things.  Clarity in diamonds are lessened by flaws.

Carat:

A carat determines a diamond’s size.  The more pressure and heat, the bigger the diamond. Underground, where the pressure is 5 times greater than on the surface, is where diamonds are created. Leaders are a lot like diamonds. It is what you accomplish under pressure that makes the difference.  Circumstances push leaders to the surface, and leaders emerge from being under pressure. When circumstances are in need of strong leadership- this is when a leader “erupts”, just like a diamond being carried to the surface by volcanic eruptions.

Leaders are refined just like any precious stone.  Both are brought into existence through great pressure and great heat. They each go through the process of carrying on the work to be transformed from something raw, into a beautiful brilliant diamond.

Are you a diamond leader?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 comments

  • Amber-Lee Dibble / 06 Oct

    "Leaders are a lot like diamonds. It is what you accomplish under pressure that makes the difference. Circumstances push leaders to the surface, and leaders emerge from being under pressure." ~ Amazing!!

  • Jane Anderson / 06 Oct

    I had no idea about diamonds except that they are pretty ugly in their raw state. I love this story.

  • vivienne westwood anglomania / 02 Nov

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    It was a triumphant return to the catwalk for Wood, who had a career as a model before she raised a family.

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