Chapter 8

Becoming the Leader You Want to Be

If the medium of leadership is the interaction between humans, then the tool we have to work on that medium is ourself. The percussionist has her drums, the carpenter, her toolbox of hammers, chisels, saws, and so on, and the leader has herself. The craft master knows her tools. The master leader knows herself. To know yourself is to know your own frames, your big assumptions, your behavioral footprints. But it is also to know your own story—to know why you have those frames and where your big assumptions came from. When you know your own story you not only know your tool, more importantly you have the foundation for making it the story you choose. As the old theater improv adage goes, “if you find ...

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