When I think of Leadership and self-awareness, too often, this image comes to me: People, hiking shoulder to shoulder, each with open wounds, oblivious to the wounds of others; and many times, oblivious to their own.
Leadership is a journey that requires strong vision and strategic acumen. And also a deep understanding of oneself and others.
Emotional scars remain beneath the surface, affecting our thoughts, actions, and interactions. They shape our perspectives, biases, and decision-making processes. Without self-awareness, we may unintentionally project our pain onto others or overlook the struggles our team members might be facing.
Leadership is not about hiking alone, carrying our wounds silently. It is about forging a path together, shoulder to shoulder, acknowledging and honoring the wounds we all carry.