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