When I was invited to speak at the Real Leaders magazine launch last September, I was asked to share my thoughts on leadership. I wondered what I could say about real leaders that was fresh, inspirational and personal.
I hiked up Hawksbill Mountain in the Blue Ridge the day before the launch so I could clear my head and think about these questions.
The connection I made at the launch was thatTheir success is your success. Leadership is not easy, and the hardest piece of it is compassion. If a member of your team slips and falls on the way, you have to stop, and you may not reach the summit as quickly as you’d like.
Manley Hopkinson, the author of Compassionate Leadership, said thatThe heart of the approach is “understanding yourself.” Once you have a true understanding of yourself, you understand others better and can create more effective businesses and relationships.