180. Expert Interview: Managing Yourself 101–It All Starts with Self-Awareness
As president of Leadership Freedom, LLC, a leadership and team development consulting and coaching company, Lee Ellis consults with Fortune 500 senior executives in the areas of hiring, team building, human performance and succession planning. A retired Air Force Colonel, his latest award winning book about his Vietnam POW experience is entitled Leading With Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton.
Career Planning Always Starts with Self-awareness
You can’t manage what you don’t know and understand—yourself.
Why Is This Important?
“When I think about career planning, it really is about career management and the person that you are managing—yourself. So, everything always starts with self-awareness, because you can’t manage what you don’t know and understand. And the more management information you have, the better you can manage. So that’s always a starting point, because every person is unique and to manage this unique entity—that’s you—you really have to have that good self-awareness, that good management information. That would include things like your strengths, your struggles, your values, and priorities.”
What Are the Key Lessons Learned Here?
Managing oneself demands a few basic principles: • It begins with self-awareness. What are your strengths and talents? • What are your driving values? What do you want from your work? Your work environment? What’s your purpose? • Learn to live with ambiguity: Often the best path is not the easiest or clearest. • Know when it’s time to shift gears, or even quit. There are always other, often better, opportunities. • Don’t do it alone. Take the counsel of trusted friends and allies.
On His Bookshelf
Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, by Leon Lee Ellis
Connecting With Lee Ellis
LinkedIn: Lee Ellis
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