Rex W. Huppke wrote a most interesting article in the November 4, 2013 Chicago Tribune (yes, I just got to it) entitled Lessons in Leadership from Pope Francis. It’s searchable on the Trib website if you have a subscription.
In his article he references Pope Francis: Whe He Leads the Way He Leads by Chris Lowney, writing about Pope Francis’ first days as Pope, “We were not watching someone trying to act like a pope. We were watching a person unafraid to be who he was.” Lowney’s conclusion from that is stunningly valuable: “Be comfortable in your own skin. Know who you are, the good and the bad. And find the courage not just to be yourself, but to be the best version of yourself. These are the foundations of self-leadership, and all leadership starts with self-leadership because you can’t lead the rest of us if you can’t lead yourself.”
You probably didn’t prepare yourself to be pope, but leadership is leadership. Your people want you to be the best version of yourself – they need you to be the best version of yourself – and it takes ongoing work for you to be that.
So, here’s the deal: When you agreed to be a leader you signed up for that challenge. Now, go be the best version of yourself.
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