Becoming a Leader: Challenge #1–Humility in your success
In the famous words of Charles Schwab: “I am hearty in my approbation and lavish in my praise.” Schwab counted as his greatest asset his ability to arouse enthusiasm in other people because of his humility.
Becoming a Leader: Talent #1–Awareness of self and others
Like an iceberg, what lies below the surface is significantly greater than what can be seen by you and others. Awareness (the state or ability to perceive; to feel; to be conscious of events, objects, and patterns) is a talent that can be learned and strengthened.
First, develop your awareness of you. What are your values and beliefs? Think of a value as a non-negotiable–something you rarely, if ever, compromise. What makes you uniquely who you are? How do you judge yourself?
Second, let others think for themselves. Ask empowering, open-ended questions. Solicit feelings, emotions, and ideas from others. This helps you build your awareness of their value and values.