As a person's self awareness grows, their egos matures and their perspective widens. Only then can they engage with stakeholders and build a long-term vision. For example, at board meetings, people with high EQ can sense the unspoken, underlying concerns. They are sensitive to the emotional landscape and can recognise the underlying power control dynamics

"...Leaders must understand that it is not just skills and capabilities that are important......this is especially true of leading during complex change, when retention of  accumulated knowledge is less important than the capability to learn, unlearn and relearn and to ask whether a company's business unit's goal can be improved..."

Joanne Gray, 2015l

You need to be aware of how you think and if necessary change how you think by asking
- How do I make sense of the reality that I have?
- What assumptions are I making?
- How did I get to think that way?

. In summary

"...the search for the universal correct leadership style is doomed to failure because of the cultural variations by country, by industry, by occupation, and by the particular history of a given organisation..."

Edgar Schein, 2004

",..to be a truly effectively leader is not all about what you are done in the past; the degrees you have, the roles you had, the accolades you have been awarded. It's about being what we call "inwardly focused and others - focused"...t is about being self-aware and secure enough to think of others' needs......changing our habits formed to a world view that recognises the dignity of all who laboured in our enterprise and place ourselves in proper perspective by recognising that to over achieve, we must fully engage all staff in the mission, by minimising the management of people in becoming coaches and mentors.......- the best leaders - it's not about what people have done in their lives. It's about their character; it is about who they are, what drives them, what motivates them, how humble they are, how supportive they are of their people, how aware they are of their own brokenness and how they use their brokenness to learn and grow..."

Mike Kane, 2015/2016

At your funeral, would you want to be remembered for your wealth, fame and status or would you prefer your kindness, bravery, honesty and faithfulness?

(sources: Peter Drucker, 2001; Ronald A. Heifetz et al, 2002; Jack Welch et al, 2001; AFRBoss 2000; Harvard Business Review,1998 & 1998; Kerry Patterson et al, 1996; Lachan Hart, 1999; Margaret Wheatley, 1996; Julie Macken, 2004; Edgar Schein, 2004; Howard Gardner, 2006; Barbara Kellerman, 2008; Mike Kane, 2015/2016)


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