Chapter 4. Reinvent and Realign


Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.

 --Margaret Thatcher

No matter what your official title or level within the organization, you have some idea of who you think you are—and that notion influences your leadership style. Who you think you are determines how you lead, respond to disappointment, deal with unfortunate circumstances, communicate, discipline, delegate, and interact with different kinds of people. Developing a strong sense of yourself—who you are as a person and as a leader—will both make you wise and help you develop wise people.

Authors Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz say in their book, Power of Full Engagement, "Developing wise people is the next organizational frontier."

The Premise of Reinvent and Realign

The way you see yourself has everything to do with how you lead. When your view of who you are changes, so do the results you produce. Reinvent and Realign is all about becoming the person you want to be so that you can align with your values with clarity. This process will also allow you to mentor your employees to create their identities as individuals who not only empower themselves personally, but also support the team and your organization's mission.

The notion of self-reinvention is an interesting one; it's the area of personal development where you will find the most excuses and regrets until action is taken. How many people prefer the status quo even when it is detrimental to their leadership? ...

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