It’s a part of human nature to have a desire to make a difference; to live a life of significance in some capacity or another. I believe that people who are acting as leaders carry this burden with a little more intensity than those who choose not to lead in their lives. We want to effect positive change and nearly everything we do is influenced by this deep desire.

The more influence we have, the more we strive to accomplish to be significant in our efforts. We gather teams, think up new and creative ways to reach out to others and a host of other methods we use to express and exercise our leadership. We love to see things changing for the better and should never stop seeking out these things as we continue in our journey.

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The question I want to pose to you is, “Are you giving the same kind of attention and focus to the person on the other side of the mirror?” Are you using creative ways to develop yourself to be a person of significance? This has nothing to do with arrogance or demanding self-attention. It is about being diligent to become the absolute best version of who you have been created to be.

Imagine a world of leaders who have done the hard yards privately with their own personal and private development. How much more effective will their leadership be when leading others? Imagine leaders with their egos in check. Imagine leaders who are more, or at least equally, focused on the success of their followers than their personal and career agendas.

This blog post is a call to action to the leaders out there. Let’s create a new standard of leadership by giving momentum to the Mirror Revolution. Let’s be a generation of leaders who wrestle with and develop the person on the other side of the mirror so we are well equipped to lead others more effectively. Let’s get our egos under control so we are free to support the success of others. Let’s know who we are, good and bad, and craft a strategy of improvement that doesn’t include self-berating thoughts and actions.

A revolution is made up of determined individuals who will settle for nothing less than positive change. Let’s get the Mirror Revolution started and make leadership something of honor and dignity in the eyes of humanity. Will you accept the challenge?

  • Hi William,

    Very nice post! I really liked the emphasis on personal development as a stepping stone for great leadership. Many times, leaders get so caught up in “doing”, that they forget about “being”. It is important that the leader spends time regularly on internal reflection and personal development in order to be an effective leader. I have a healthcare client I’ve worked with for years and one of the things I’ve always advised is to “get your own house in order first before you start organizing other people’s houses”. I believe that in order to truly be a great leader, you have to know and understand yourself first so you can work towards attaining your personal best. Then you can effectively lead other people.

    Just my two cents.

    Chrissann Ruehle

  • Hi Chrissann. Obviously, I couldn’t agree more. One of the biggest obstacles most leaders have to moving from good to great leadership is themselves. It’s a tough sell, but definitely worth the hard yards! Thanks for contributing.

  • Richard Howes

    Great post and something I’ve though about myself (even registered themaninthemirror.net a few years ago). Agree wholeheartedly

    Like they say in the airlines, place you own mask on first before helping others. Tough to make a difference or help if you’re not looking after yourself first.

  • So true Richard. Self-leadership is absolutely essential. Thanks heaps for your contribution and thoughts!

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