“If you look to lead, invest at least 40% of your time managing yourself – your ethics, character, principles, purpose, motivation and conduct.”
—Dee Hock, founder and former CEO of Visa credit card association
“But I don’t have time!” you might say.
Hock would say that managing yourself is the way to manage your time. If you do it – genuinely – you’ll be amazed at all the things that take care of themselves. .
Leaders who have taken the time and made the effort to know themselves:
lean in with their natural strengths and skills
are in a learning mode, knowing truly that humility is an asset
pause and ask how they might have contributed to challenges they face
stop to think before reacting, knowing how to step in and when to hang back
can recognize counterproductive patterns in their leadership
realize that self-care helps things go right
Continual self-awareness is an essential leadership power.