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The Self-Aware Leader

The Self-Aware Leader

John C. Maxwell




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The Self-Aware Leader

The Self-Aware Leader

  • Leaders who are not self-aware find it hard to lead.
  • To lead others, you must first lead yourself.
  • Leaders must be accountable, disciplined and patient as well as being good followers.
  • Leadership requires selflessly guiding others. 
  • Smart leaders play to their own strengths.
  • People leave firms for one main reason: bad bosses.
  • Don’t micromanage your team. Manage your own responsibilities.
  • Leaders need to acknowledge their mistakes and learn from them.


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Leaders who are not self-aware find it hard to lead.

No leader can be too self-aware. The better you know and manage yourself, the better you will be able to lead and serve your team.”


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To lead others, you must first lead yourself.

“Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself. ” (former IBM chairman Thomas J. Watson)


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Leaders must be accountable, disciplined and patient as well as being good followers.

  1. “Learn followership” – You can’t learn to “lead well” if you don’t learn to “follow well.”
  2. “Develop self-discipline” – Those who cultivate this kind of self-discipline grow in their ability to exercise authority over others as well. You are a King, yes, a King of yourself!
  3. “Practice patience” – Most important goals take time to achieve. Forget about “instant greatness.” You need time to become a quality leader by investing in yourself over the long term
  4. “Seek accountability” – As a leader, never trust only in yourself alone. Like everyone else, you are a fallible human being


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Leadership requires selflessly guiding others.

“Good leaders are facilitators of success. They use their talents and influence to clear the way for their team members and help them succeed.”


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Smart leaders play to their own strengths.

“[A person’s] purpose in life is always connected to…his or her giftedness. ”


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People leave firms for one main reason: bad bosses.

“As leaders, we think that when people leave our team or organization, it has little to do with us. In reality we are often the reason.”

For positive relationships, avoid these mistakes. 

  • “People quit leaders who devalue them” – Show people you respect and appreciate them.
  • “People quit leaders who are untrustworthy” – People don’t trust leaders who speak one way and act another
  • “People quit leaders who are incompetent” – Nobody wants to work for a boss who doesn’t know what he is doing
  • “People quit leaders who are insecure” – People flee from fearful, suspicious, distrustful and jealous leaders


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Don’t micromanage your team. Manage your own responsibilities

“If you want to be a better leader, you need to learn what needs your attention and what doesn’t.”


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Leaders need to acknowledge their mistakes and learn from them -1

The mature path is to learn from errors and from these leadership tips.

  • “Choose focus over further exploration” – Some leaders are dilettantes
  • “Choose personal growth over immediate gratification”
  • “Put your team ahead of your career advancement”
  • “Handle criticism with grace” – Criticism comes with leadership
  • “Become the best learner in the room” – This will make you the best leader in the room, too


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Leaders need to acknowledge their mistakes and learn from them -2

  • “Judge your leadership by the success of your team” – Good leaders make things better
  • “Take the longer road that leads to higher leadership”
  • “Listen more than you talk” – When people speak to you, pay attention. Don’t get distracted or fidgety. Focus on them.
  • “Credit others for your success” – The great leaders of history – “Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Louis XIV, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill” – could not have made their mark without the assistance of other people. This is true for all leaders


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