The journey is never about the leader, but it starts with the leader. Along the way, the leader is the motivator, navigator, and guide: charting the course, setting the pace, and changing direction when necessary. As a shepherd, the leader keeps others aligned, sometimes by walking in front, sometimes behind, and sometimes beside. The leader's focus is always on others.
By taking a good look in the mirror at the start of each morning, you reflect, assess, and recommit to continual improvement, always asking yourself, “What can I do to make—and be—the change I want to see in the world?”
Undertaking the leadership journey requires self-awareness on the part of the leader. It bears repeating: It's not about you, but it begins with you—who you are as a person and the behaviors and attitudes that you model for others.
To lead others, you must continually measure yourself—not overestimating your strengths, and not underestimating your weaknesses. To do so, you must be able to look humbly in the mirror. After all, self-awareness and honesty go hand in hand. ...