Learning Your Own Answers
Before we can lead others as a true and authentic leader, we must first do the deep work of learning about ourselves. We must become self-aware and be the leader of our own lives.
The old airline adage of “put on your oxygen mask first before you assist others” is also true in this case. Unless we know the true nature of ourselves, we cannot profess to know or help others. To do this, we need to nurture, create and sustain space in our lives to reflect on who we are and what we desire to be fulfilled in our own life.
I love the quote from Lao Tzu, “At the center of your being, you have the answer. You know who you are and what you want”. It takes courage and bravery, as well as vulnerability to go on a journey of self-awareness to the center of your being to find your own answers to who you are and what you want. To be able to stand strong in this learning as you move forward to lead others allows you to maximize your leadership effectiveness and be the kind of leader that can create change in our world.