Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Be Yourself

As a quiet leader, be yourself. Mold your own style and approach. Stay true to your own personal style.

Bill George, former Chairman of Medtronic and author of
Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value (J-B Warren Bennis Series) and more recently, True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership (J-B Warren Bennis Series), encourages leaders to be authentic leaders. As he says, "No one can be authentic by trying to be like someone else. "

My recent study of leadership also lead me to a great post on the Leadership Now blog where blogger Michael McKinney notes in his summary of the
What Really Matters: Service, Leadership, People, and Values that John Pepper, former CEO and Chairman of Proctor and Gamble notes the personal element of leadership,
We need to recognize that everything in our institutions, everything in
life, depends on personal leadership, and personal leadership in turn depends on our being faithful to ourselves. Leadership is not some academic or abstract concept. It is very personal. Personal leadership makes things happen. Determine how you can best be of service in a particular situation, and you’ll know how to

We quiet leaders don't have to take on a persona that is not comfortable.

Be yourself and lead quietly.

Thanks for reading.

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