Several years ago, I was having breakfast in Manhattan with my son Jared. As was often the case, we were talking about leadership.
Jared said, “Dad, Ben and I feel blessed with a super-power that you have given us, the power that gives us an advantage compared to other people our age, both at work and in our private lives.“
“A super-power?”, I said. “Jared, what could that possibly be? “
“Self-awareness, dad. Self-awareness.”
Jared’s answer stunned me. For years, I had been preaching to my sons the power of authenticity and self-awareness as the keys to effective leadership. It was so gratifying to realize that the lesson had been received.
For a long time, my two adult sons have encouraged me to share leadership lessons I’ve accumulated over the decades with people in my network instead of merely emailing them several times a week! I’m finally ready to do that and I am beginning to do so with this newsletter.
In these weekly newsletters, I plan to share leadership tips I have learned through four decades as a leader in education, law and volunteer work, as a certified trainer in Stephen Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” as a leadership coach and as a keen observer of myself and other people.
So please take a moment to think about your own leadership lessons and feel free to share them with me via email. I would love for this newsletter to be a two-way communications vehicle.
Let’s all practice excellent leadership and see it ripple out to positively affect the lives of other people in our professional and personal lives.