To lead others, manage yourself

“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.

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