Leadership with Your Authentic Self


Leadership with Your Authentic Self

As a professor of leadership and a coach, I started with the philosophy that good leadership focused on a structure around a theoretical framework - that this outward focus is what made good leadership. Yet, over the years, I have come to realize that truly excellent leadership starts with individuals and groups of people willing to continually work toward excellence in their own personal leadership. After all, some of our toughest critics and most stubborn followers are essentially the person in the mirror. When we can inspire ourselves to be great we can influence the same in others.

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“To thy own self be true.”

–Polonius, Hamlet.