In How to Be a Good Leadership Role Model I say: “You must become the change you want to see in your team or organisation.”
Now I challenge you to make that personal change.
From Self Awareness Comes Personal Change
Everybody thinks of changing the world, and nobody thinks of changing himself. – Leo Tolstoy
I was taken by surprise. A peer clearly said I should “be more aware about the extent to which [my] openly expressed forthright views on senior management decisions may be having on staff and those who they are working with.”
This was my Ta-da! moment. I had completely misjudged the impact and influence I had on people.
Worse still, I was using that influence in a negative way. My behaviour moved me further from my goals.
That day was a turning point. A personal change took place.
Personal change calls for personal leadership. Unless we are prepared to change self, there is no hope of changing others or the business we serve.
When things aren’t going to plan, don’t be critical of others. No, take a closer look at your own behaviour, and make that personal change.
You Can Change the World
To conclude, I’ll share some words of wisdom from an Anglo-Saxon Bishop (1100 A.D.) that are written in the crypts of Westminster Abbey, London, England.
When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change my country. But it too seemed immovable.
As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.
And now, as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realise: if I had only changed myself first, then, by example, I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may even changed the world.
Have you thought about the possibility of changing your situation by changing yourself?
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