On Unfolding Leadership


I was speaking recently with one of the teen interns who is one of my proteges as part of a mentorship program at work. I shared with her an idea about authentic leadership that has really helped me to think differently about my leadership:

“When I was your age, I used to think that leadership is a destination at which I might someday I arrive. Now, I think about leadership as the journey of unfolding the leader that is already within me, waiting to be unlocked.”

What if we started from that place? What if our leadership is more like the statue of David and our job, like Michelangelo’s, is to carve and hew the stone to bring David out?

What if we began from the assumption that leadership is not something that is developed but rather something that unfolds?


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