2Losing Your Way

It was as if someone flashed a mirror at me at my absolute worst.

What I saw was horrifying, but it was also a great lesson.

—Doug Baker Jr., chairman and CEO, Ecolab

Leadership development is a journey through challenging terrain. All leaders, even the most authentic ones, face significant hazards on their journeys. Being human, we chase rewards, seek to avoid bad outcomes, and value social acceptance and acclaim. These are normal human tendencies, but when left unchecked, they can sabotage both our personal and professional lives.

Authentic leaders must learn to become aware of and overcome a common pattern of impulses that can lead to problematic behaviors. Leaders who lose their way succumb to the negative temptations ...

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