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Step Seven: creating awareness

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

Aristotle

Take some time

As you can see from the previous six steps, becoming emotionally agile takes time, energy and interest in order to get to know yourself and your teams. One of the most challenging aspects for most leaders we meet is understanding how important it is to take the time to reflect and get to know yourself and those around you. Often, leaders are rewarded for doing task-oriented aspects and not these emotionally intelligent aspects of leadership. Kotter’s work on the difference between leadership and management (see Kotter, 2001) talks about management being about convergence and leadership being about divergence. Most contemporary organisations ...

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