The following post was originally posted at MedBridgeEducation.com on July 10, 2018.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” –Aristotle
To know and lead others, one must start by knowing oneself – implying that all successful leaders must embrace a realistic portraiture of their leadership style including strengths, gaps, knowledge, and experience.
Beginning with an appreciative inquiry approach helps leaders see themselves and others from a strengths-based perspective. Ancient wisdom tells us to love others as we love ourselves. This simply means that one must be able to embrace their own unique leadership DNA and learn to build on it. By maximizing one’s innate talent, a leader can make an impact through positive, powerful contributions. A realistic leader knows the extent of their abilities and is aware of every resource available. They also know how to partner with others to bridge the gaps that exist in their strength profile.