When I think of leadership, I think of someone who gets their feet dirty by learning peoples names and stories, their struggles, and then does something about it.
I also think of the “Big 4”:
My brother will slug me for sharing this story with him…we called him “Ugly” because of the movie, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”. It’s an old western movie but we loved it. Our cousins would come over and we’d all sit around the TV and say, “I’m the good guy….I’m the bad guy….” And my brother was “Ugly”.
Self-awareness is kind of like the title of this movie. All of us have good, bad, and ugly tendencies. Our work as humans is to claim our goodness (the gifts and unique contribution we make in this world), to be aware of our be aware of our bad and ugly parts (the things we struggle with or aren’t really good at), and to serve others.
For example, I love listening to others and helping them name what is happening inside. I love to care for people and I can see the big picture. I’m very good at that. But I don’t always see the details in a big picture. So I get others around me to help me see the details I’m missing.
Get comfortable in your skin: be self-aware of your gifts as well as your growing edges. You have a unique gift to offer this world (company).