Learning to Lead from The Inside Out

If there’s anything I’ve learned over the years, it is that we must learn to lead ourselves before we can effectively lead others.

In fact, I’d go so far as to say that learning and living this lesson and helping others learn and live it is the raison d’etre of my work.

Our ability to lead ourselves first is the secret ingredient of effective leadership.

Thus, I was pretty excited when Connie Steele of Flywheel Associates asked me if we could have a chat about this topic for her “Strategic Momentum” podcast. It was so much fun to delve into this topic!

Here are a few of the points we cover in the 30-minute podcast.

  • Leaders have a lot of pressure these days and are always under a spotlight – every action, every word, and every behavior is constantly being interpreted.
  • Leaders often tend to put themselves on the back-burner. By doing so, they really do a disservice to those that they’re leading.
  • Leading self is about more than self-care (although that is important too). Leading self requires looking inward to understand our outer behavior and how we’re showing up. This is so critical for leaders whose tone, actions, words and more impact other people in every interaction.
  • Learning to reflect and pay attention to ourselves is an important part of learning to lead. The good news is that this is a muscle that can be built and strengthened.

Can you relate? I’d love to hear your experiences.

You can find the podcast on iTunes, on the Google Play Store, or on the Flywheel Associates website.

PS – The image I used here will make sense to those who have seen the movie “Inside Out.” If you haven’t yet seen it, add it to your list! Completely worth a watch. It speaks to this topic in a really entertaining way!

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