First, Lead Yourself

The quest for leadership is first an inner quest to discover who you are. Through self-development comes the confidence needed to lead. Self-confidence is really awareness of and faith in your own powers. These powers become clear and strong only as you work to identify and develop them.

 

Learning to lead is about discovering what you care about and value. About what inspires you. About what challenges you. About what gives you power and competence. About what encourages you. When you discover these things about yourself, you’ll know what it takes to lead those qualities out of others.

 

Every leader has to learn the fundamentals and the discipline, and to a certain extent there’s some period during which you’re trying out a lot of new things. It’s a necessary stage in your development as a leader. The point is that you have to take what’s been acquired and reshape it into your own expression of yourself.

 

Sometimes liberation is as uncomfortable as intrusion, but in the end when you discover things for yourself you know that what’s inside is what you found there and what belongs there. It’s not something put inside you by someone else; it’s what you discover for yourself.

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