Wise leaders are like skilled actors who have clarity about what role they want to play and how they should perform that role. They let their authentic selves shine through in every role they perform and bring humility, enthusiasm, and competence to that role. All of this is done with detached engagement—that is, they don’t let themselves become attached emotionally to their role or to the outcome even as they engage with it fully and enthusiastically.

By gaining role clarity, you will recognize that you are far bigger than any specific role you play. When you know that you are neither the “doer” behind the role nor the ultimate “enjoyer” of its benefits, you have less difficulty in becoming a steward of your organization and acting ...

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