On the Power of Self-Knowledge

Self-knowledge is the magnificent cornerstone of leadership. Alfred Lord Tennyson writes: “Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead to sovereign power.” Self-knowledge is the primal source that shapes the great leaders’ lives. It gives them access to their confidence, perspectives and choices. It is a magical key that opens their eyes to the infinite gifts and potential their life holds. It is also the internal voice that sits in quiet judgment of their thoughts, decisions, actions and words. As George Sand wrote, it opens the mind and soul to “giving without hesitation, losing without regret and acquiring without meanness.”

It takes courage for great leaders to explore the depths of who they are. May you be bold, brave and courageous each day as you explore the depth and meaning of all you are and to find and realize who you can be. Discover the unseen patterns in your life. Challenge beliefs to find new insights. Question perceived limitations to discover new freedoms. May you hear always the wisdom of Socrates speaking in your ears: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” May you hear also the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen: “Life is worth living.” May you truly live every moment of your beautiful life that at end of days, with a smile on your face, you will joyously say: “No regrets. I had a magnificent journey.”

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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2 Responses to On the Power of Self-Knowledge

  1. Jack Beach says:

    As stated “self-knowledge is the primal source that shapes the great leaders’ lives…[and] it takes courage…to challenge [one’s] beliefs…[and] to explore the depths of who [we] are.” Great leadership is not simply the acquisition of increasingly more sophisticated skills but the outcome of who one is as a person. Our development as leaders is not separate from our development as individuals.

  2. Tony Loviscek says:

    I have not read the book. That said, I prefer “self-awareness” over “self-knowledge.” I have been down both roads, and self-awareness has a holistic quality that seems missing from self-knowledge. I sometimes think of “knowledge” as aligned with cognition, and cognition tends to be thought-driven, which is certainly necessary for a”good life;” however, it seems to lack the touch from the heart.

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