Chapter 1

Who am I? (self-awareness, strengths and the EQ factor)

‘Leadership – it is an extension of personality. It is the most personal thing in the world for the simple reason that it is just plain you.’

FIELD MARSHALL VISCOUNT SLIM, BRITISH MILITARY COMMANDER

What if I told you that there was one killer leadership competency that, if cultivated, would help you be a better, more positive leader in every way? And what if I said that this cool meta-skill would stand the test of time and see you through any leadership challenge?

Well, there is, and it’s called self-awareness.

As a leadership topic, self-awareness usually gets a bum rap, particularly in the Western world where macho, testosterone-pumped leaders often sneer at it. Yet it’s ...

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