A participant in one of my leadership workshops expressed his surprise that I am putting so much focus on connecting leaders with themselves, their senses, thoughts, feelings and purpose. “Isn’t that ‘just’ about self development? ” he asked. No, this is the very bedrock of leadership: if you want to learn to count, start with the number ONE. If you want to be a leader, start with yourself.
Of course leadership encompasses other domains, beyond connecting to self and to purpose – such as strategic and systems thinking, building relationships, influencing, executing, and increasingly- dealing with VUCA environments.