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Leadership: Taking it Personally

Ah, Leadership. Are you cringing? The term gets tossed around like candy at Mardi Gras sometimes. Are we growing tired of hearing about leadership? Are we at risk of becoming numb to its good intent? 
As an Executive Coach, I remain a huge advocate for  helping people become more leaderful. I also know the  process begins to stale when we focus too long and too hard on it. When I sense this happening with clients, it helps to step back and call to mind where successful    leadership really begins. There are a variety of competencies which make for great leaders and those competencies are highly contextual. For this reason, “self leadership” as a starting place – and a place to return to often – is essential.  The more universal framework of “self” creates a powerful foundation of competency for effective leadership across a variety of environments. It’s often said – and I agree – that if we ever hope to be effective leaders of others, we must first seek to be effective leaders of ourselves. Here are a few things I often propose to     leaders, established or emerging, on the inner work that’s required.

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