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Bootstrap Leadership by Steve Arneson

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47Talk to Yourself

Ask Three Questions Every Day

BY NOW YOU’VE FIGURED out that leadership is not about you. That’s the basic premise, because when you add it all up, leadership is about others—period. You don’t lead computers, desks, office buildings, contracts, raw materials, or other inanimate objects. The only thing you truly lead is other people. The leaders who understand this are the ones everyone wants to work for; these are the managers who annually get the highest engagement scores, have the lowest turnover, and get the best results. That’s because they “get it.” They know that leadership is not about them; it’s about others.

You are striving to be such a leader. That’s why you’re pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps and putting ...

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