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Doing leadership flows from our beliefs and the choices we make, not titles, status or position. Certainly who we are determines what we do, but ultimately leadership is proven by our actions.
So much of leadership is described in terms of traits or abilities. But from a practical standpoint, what do leaders actually do? And more importantly, what can you do if you aspire to lead or lead with greater impact? That is what this series is about.
To begin the leader’s journey, you first need to lead the only person you are truly in charge of: yourself. As I wrote in You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader, self-mastery, (leading the self), is the first principle in achieving leadership. Leonardo da Vinci said, “There is no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” Taking charge of your own life is the just the beginning, but it’s arguably the most important step towards becoming a leader.