Gone are the days when leadership resided only in the offices of Senior Management Teams and other upper echelons of the organisation. These days we need to be developing leadership capacity throughout organisations – and especially in the middle. It’s never been more vital to business results to harness the knowledge, skills and leadership potential of the people who are close to your customers, competitors and employees…harnessing the potential of other is what transformational leadership is all about and it begins and ends with self-awareness.
These days the quest for leadership is first an inner quest to discover who you are. Through self-development comes the confidence needed to lead. Self-confidence is really awareness of and faith in our own powers. These powers become clear and strong only as you work to identify and develop them. Learning to lead is about discovering what you care about and value, about what inspires you, about what challenges you, what gives you power and competence, what encourages you. When you discover these things about yourself you’ll know what it takes to lead those qualities out of others. Sometimes liberation is as uncomfortable as intrusion but in the end when you discover things for yourself you know that what’s inside is what you found there and what belongs there. It’s not something put inside you by someone else; it’s who you discover for yourself.