Hitendra Wadhwa, associate professor at Columbia Business School discusses “Leading from within”. It is a good illustration of a key element to what I call the Circle or Sphere of Self-Mastery. The idea that the path of a “Black Belt in Business” is like an onion that grows outward and at the core is this type of personal leadership. Ok, so an onion is probably a cliche’ over simplification, but it sounds good at 4:30am so hold back the tears….yes, the pun was intended.

But as you watch and listen, consider this; How can you really have an impact on managing others if you first cannot manage yourself? How can you really move the leadership and effectiveness of teams and organizations to the next level without first moving yourself to the next level?

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