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Marshall Goldsmith
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Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith is an executive educator, speaker, coach and best-selling author. His most recent book is Mojo.

Pride Without Put-Downs

Leaders who share their personal history can "humanize" themselves and show how they can personally relate to the experiences of their constituents. This can be very positive for both the leader and the constituents. Yet it is important to focus on one's own learning from that background without "putting down" someone else who has had a different background.

One of the greatest leaders that I have ever met is Frances Hesselbein. Frances can talk with pride about her background and family history and, at the same time, make others feel proud of their family history and background.

By Marshall Goldsmith

 |  June 8, 2009; 2:34 PM ET
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Excellent point. I think it relates to being an authentic leader. Most of us don't enjoy working for "Robo-leader" who checks who he/she is at the door.

Posted by: jimmo | June 10, 2009 10:44 AM
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