With self-awareness and knowledge of yourself, you are ready to take on the responsibility of leading others. It is a full-time commitment, taking you from “sun to sun.”
Recall the starting point of our story: the southernmost tip of Manhattan, where 4,000 people gathered at the start of a five-year, cross-country trek. Facing south, that leader knows he is not a solitary sojourner.
Neither are you. On your leadership journey, don't walk alone.
Every leader is in the “what” and “how” business—the strategic imperatives of what must be accomplished and how it must be achieved. Ultimately, though, a leader is in the “people business.” Despite all of the technological innovations of the past century, a simple truth remains: People make businesses successful.
The people part of leadership is so obvious, yet so often looked at as top-down, rather than bottom-up. Yes, a leader must be a strategic thinker, decision maker, risk taker, and responsibility owner. But there is much more: being a coach, a guide, a teacher, a motivator. Over time, your results will be only as good as the people on your team.