At the core of exceptional leadership is the ability to lead self.
Some level of proficiency can be demonstrated by simply focusing on
leading others. But to achieve transformational results, leading
self is essential. Cultivating self-awareness and developing a life
plan are key elements of leading self. And really, should not
leaders demonstrate a level of self-mastery before leading others?
It is time that leaders move to a deeper understanding of
themselves as they operate within a world of accelerated change and
increasing complexity. Although leadership performance is evidenced
in outward results, decisions, and actions, the genesis of the
leadership performance is an internal endeavor. Resiliency and
ethical behavior are grounded by having a strong sense of purpose,
established vision, and clear operating values. To the degree that
the leader is consciously leading self, the quality of his or her
leadership corresponds. Be it for good or evil, conscious
leadership is powerful. This book makes plain the case for enhanced
self-awareness, provides case studies and research support,
presents the voices of several master leadership coaches, and most
importantly...leads the reader through the life planning process.