This quote has been ringing in my ears since I first came across it a few weeks ago. The challenges of personal development and leadership growth are many, but I would put this at the top of the list. How do you accept the leader that you are while recognizing your need to grow?
I find this to be a struggle for many of the women I work with through the SOS Gr8 Women Leaders Program. They are drawn to this program because they want to grow as leaders. In their hearts, these incredible women embrace the leadership roles in their lives; yet, many of them struggle with accepting the many ways they are making a difference. They don’t always clearly see the leadership legacy they are creating every day.
I, on the other hand, can see their leadership, and I am in awe of it. I see the multitude of ways that each of these women answers the call to leadership, and I am humbled to be a part of the leadership journey that they are on.
I relate completely to the struggle of accepting yourself, as it isn’t always easy to look at my own weaknesses without cringing. Yet, I know that my leadership matters. And I’ve been on my own very personal journey to develop a strong sense of self, to understand the leader I am called to be and to say a resounding YES to that call.
It’s a challenging balance, but it is possible to accept yourself, while challenging yourself to grow. You can do this in a healthy, positive way that builds your confidence and enhances your ability to lead effectively. Will you accept the challenge?