How to become the leader you aspire to be

Every person has heroes and leaders that they look up to and aspire to become. However, there comes a time when a leader must recognize that the person who they should be learning from is staring right back at them in the mirror. In committing themselves to more self-reflection, leaders can become their most authentic selves and empower others to do the same.

In a recent article from Art Petty, he asks leaders the question, ‘How will you describe the leader you aspire to be?’ To help with this question, Petty provides suggestions to find those early influences for who you are and marry them to your future aspirations, to ultimately develop a better understanding of your desired self. These tactics include:

  • Exploring your leadership aspirations through thinking and journaling on your experiences and what you want out of life;
  • Reflecting on your best self by identifying specific situations where you felt your most authentic self shines through;


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