Monthly Archives August 2017

Leaders’ Personalities: Determined or Developed?

A significant portion of my work as an executive coach involves assisting existing and emerging leaders to accept themselves.  A big part of who they are, the part they often need to fully embrace, is their personality.  The following question frequently comes up, “Is my personality inherited or developed?”  Before I answer that question, let me define some important terms. Personality is a reference to individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.  It is a reference to the type of person each one of us is, thinking holistically about how we tend to be in the world.
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Four Reasons Introverts Are Naturally Authentic Leaders

It’s a common myth that introverts can’t be great leaders. This is due to the fact that leadership theories have favored extroverts for centuries. Western culture has also traditionally reinforced the leadership of outgoing, dynamic men who are articulately passionate, sure of themselves and just seem to attract followers. Going back to antiquity, the first leadership theory was the Great Man Theory. Through our modern lens, its problems are pretty obvious. It implied that only certain men with the right characteristics could lead—they had to be white, tall, handsome, and wealthy. But old leadership theories fail to address the power
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