Positive Self-Regard and Leadership

The management of one's self is critical. Without it, leaders do much more harm than good. If the leader is the rule breaker, he or she cannot expect staff to follow rules. The creative deployment of self makes leadership a deeply personal business. This deployment I will call positive self-regard. The meaning of this phrase comes from the answer to the question, What are my strengths and weaknesses? For the most part, healthy (not narcissistic) leaders know themselves and tend to emphasize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses. They know their worth. They trust their instincts. Another element of positive self-regard is the nurturing of skills with discipline, i.e., to keep working on and developing one's talents. Leaders tend to take responsibility for their own evolution and could be called lifelong learners. The third aspect of positive self-regard is the capacity to discer

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