Great Leaders and Great Masters

In The Mark of a Great Leader, Marshall Goldsmith writes:

“A leader who is self-aware enough to know that he or she is not adept at everything is one who has taken the first step toward being a great leader.”

“Leaders who are willing to admit [their shortcomings], who strive to improve, and who seek out a consulting team to fill in the gaps will 1) encourage followers to do the same and 2) make room for others whose talents lie where theirs don’t.”

Goldsmith’s idea dovetails nicely with Daniel Pink’s concept of the mastery asymptote, or the maddening idea that mastery is measured on a curve continually approaching but never intersecting a point.

Great leaders – and masters of a subject or skill – always believe further improvement, no matter how slight, remains possible.

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