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Coaching Leaders: Guiding People Who Guide Others by Marshall Goldsmith, Daniel White

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Chapter 6

Self-Knowledge

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

—RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Self-knowledge plays a significant role in a leader's effectiveness. Leaders who truly know their strengths can use them wisely and avoid their unconscious overuse. Leaders who understand their values and passions can look for opportunities to express them and make sure they are not applied inappropriately. Leaders who are aware of their shortcomings can concentrate more closely when they need to perform, delegate tasks in areas where they are weak to others, and learn new skills to transform soft spots into strengths. Leaders with low self-awareness are limited to their instinctual reactions and to habitual, ...

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