Centered Leadership is an interesting book. Rather than pouring out all kinds of wisdom, the approach requires the reader to do the work. I found it very easy to just read the questions and not really take the time to think about them and answer them. But when I did take the time, I found it to be very helpful.
The part I gleaned the most from was the “Connecting” section. Ironically, while I have always believed that “there is wisdom in many counselors,” I found that I hadn’t invested in building a network to the degree I thought I had. If you asked me, I would have said that networking was a strength for me, but when I when I actually mapped things out, I found something different.
One of the things I learned long ago was that facts are our friends. It’s better to know the truth than to live in a fantasy world, even if the fantasy is more pleasant. For me, that means taking some time to think more about where to invest my time to build my network. I know that in many ways success in life is influenced by the people with whom we connect and who speak into our lives. Knowing that, I am going to reevaluate how I am investing my time.
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