This is a series about authentic leadership. Over the years my own leadership style has been influenced by a lot of ideas and principles. I have also been fortunate enough to have interacted with several prominent people who have shaped my thinking about leadership.
I now firmly believe that leadership is a very personal thing. What works for you is something you have to discover for yourself. There is only one way to do it, and that is by first embracing yourself completely and honestly.
To embrace yourself completely, you really need to find meaning in your life story. When I look at myself, where I am today and think about the experiences that have defined me, what do I see?
I see someone whose grand father was a poor farmer in rural India. I see a culmination of two generations of upward social mobility afforded to us by the economic growth in India. How much of how I think and what I like is shaped by the early childhood experiences of time spent in those sugarcane fields?