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Breaking the Leadership Mold: An Executive's Guide to Achieving Organizational Excellence by Maribeth Kuzmeski

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Chapter 5. PRINCIPLE #5: GIVE YOURSELF A LEADERSHIP REALITY CHECK

Self-awareness. Today, this concept is enshrined in almost every book and course about leadership. However, as Rooke and Torbert point out, "Relatively few leaders try to understand their own action logic, and fewer still have explored the possibility of changing it. They should, because we've found that leaders who do undertake a voyage of personal understanding and development can transform not only their own capabilities but also those of their companies."[6]

Executive self-awareness often takes a back seat to organizational issues that are perceived to be more pressing and urgent and, thus, more important. Indeed, as I will discuss in this chapter, there are many barriers to ...

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