I often get asked about what makes a great leader.  I used to try and cover all the aspects of the complex and dynamic art of leadership.  Now, I often just answer with a simple phrase: they lead themselves first.

In most cases, great leaders were leading themselves long before anyone put them in a position of leading others.  The people who get promoted to leadership roles are the ones that become leaders long before someone gives them the title.  There are many ways that people lead themselves, but I’ve tried to capture the essence of what good self-leaders do in these four steps.

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