Leaders are Originals, Not Copies…!


“The more you are like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” — Walt Disney

Warren Bennis one of my favorite leadership authors and in his book “On Becoming a Leader“ he discusses how leaders are originals and not copies. To be an original, a leader must know and understand who and what he is. In the book Warren Bennis spends time talking about how important it is to understand who we are, some of his insights.

“Leaders have nothing but themselves to work with…. we are our own raw material. Only when we know what we’re made of and what we want to make of it can we begin our lives – and we must do it despite an unwitting conspiracy of people and events against us….. To become a leader, then, you must become yourself, become the maker of your own life….. Know thyself, then, means separating who you are and who you want to be from what the world thinks you are and wants you to be….. Until you make your life your own, you’re walking around in borrowed clothes.”

These are great insights. We too often either go with the flow or adapt ourselves to the environment and if we do this too often, eventually we lose ourselves.

  • How are you doing in his area?
  • Do you spend time reflecting on who you are and who you want to be?
  • Are you striving to become more of who you are?
  • Are you an original? Are you unique?


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