What’s good for business? Self-awareness.

Remember the old western movies when the stagecoach driver gets shot and he drops the reins and the horses are galloping wildly toward the edge of the cliff? Someone has to grab the reins to regain control of the horses, slow the stagecoach, and avert catastrophe!

Who’s driving your stagecoach? How fast are you going? Are you heading toward a cliff? As we rush headlong into our days we may miss the reality that many of us are doing more at the cost of being less.

In the hustle and bustle, we can forget that we are all leaving a legacy.

What legacy are you creating? 

Are you racing through your work as a leader and your life on autopilot?

Is it time to be more intentional?

Is it time to pay more attention to your present moment and your future?

Any moment can be an inflection point. How we conduct business is as important as what we do to go to market. We need leaders who are conscious, connected, and concerned about more than just the bottom line or share price. And, new research indicates that when leaders are more self-aware, the organizations they lead perform better (Zes and Landis, 2013). So take a few minutes and grab hold of the reins. Be intentional. Be authentic. Be a leader.

Today’s post is an excerpt from my book, The Hero’s Journey: Toward a More Authentic Leadership, which was published 3 years ago this week. To celebrate this anniversary, the Kindle edition is available for $1.99 for a limited time.

Categories: Leadership.