The important lessons you learn in recovery can help a person develop a healthier outlook and be a better leader.
Because recovery is an ongoing process, a person will be exposed to various challenges and lessons learned along the way that will shape the way they look at the world and how they interact with it. Recovery teaches you to look reality squarely in the face, rather than use drugs or alcohol to distance or distract yourself from uncomfortable truths.
This is one of the most challenging changes those in recovery have to make, especially after spending years using drugs or alcohol to deal with sadness, boredom, or other unpleasant feelings. Someone in recovery will learn how to find healthier, more constructive ways to deal with life's challenges.
This whole process isn't easy and you aren't expected to be perfect along the way. Mistakes are to be expected and in fact, it's those mistakes that force you to question your approach and adjust your life strategies. The recovery process guides an individual on a personal level as well as in the way they interact with and lead others. Here are a few examples of how recovery builds life and leadership skills.
Having a mentor makes a difference.
One of the first things people do in recovery is get a sponsor and there's a good reason for that. This person will help a newcomer learn the ropes and be there to offer support when things get tough (and they inevitably will). For many in recovery, the relationship they have with their sponsor is the first one where they feel fully supported, accepted, and truly cared for.
A sponsor will also keep you on track with recovery and call you out when necessary. A sponsor or other mentor provides an example of what recovery can do for you. Their journey inspires your own and keeps you motivated to get through the tough times and work hard. What you learn from your sponsor is valuable for the time when you'll be called on to be a mentor or leader for someone else.
Taking responsibility for mistakes.
Another important lesson for a leader, or anyone in life to learn, is to own up to their mistakes and failures. This happens in recovery when we make an inventory of all the wrongs we've done to others and share it with our sponsor.
Doing this is a humbling experience, where we put all our weaknesses and failures out there so that we no longer fear them or are in denial about them. We see that we're still good people who are worthy of love. The whole process teaches us that it's ok and human to make mistakes and not be perfect.
The important thing is that we learn from them and make progress toward being a better person. The same goes for being a better leader. Admitting your weaknesses allows you to change your approach, try something different, and be more honest about who you are.
Exposing yourself to people of different backgrounds and learning not to judge them.
This is another element of recovery that ends up being a valuable tool for life and leadership. There are people from all kinds of backgrounds, economic groups, ages, and ethnic groups that you will encounter during the course of your recovery. Many of us are taught to judge people by their appearances, the way they talk or present themselves, or where they come from.
In recovery, we hear the stories of others with a compassionate, non judgemental ear that allows us to see people for who they really are. We become more patient, empathetic, and accepting in the long run.