Learning to lead

Learning to lead is learning to operate one's own life.

"A girld in front of a big board"

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The most valuable quality of a leader is being able to lead himself. I'd argue that it's the hardest thing a leader will ever face.

It might sound funny, but we kinda suck at navigating ourselves. For some reason, reflecting on things we do, feel, and crave is hard for us. We're so deep into our own biases, that it's close to impossible to reach an objective 1:1 mapping to our understanding about who we are and reality.

Leading people without first knowing how to lead yourself is technically the same as driving with a blindfold on your eyes. Yes, you can do it, but a) it's super dangerous for both you and the people you are leading, and b) you'll most certainly take a wrong turn at some point.

Crashing (technically and metaphorically) with a blindfold is inevitable.

The first thing a leader must do is remove the blindfold. Understand himself better. Get used to "driving" his own life.

Learning to lead is learning to operate one's own life.