Leading with Honor Frequently Asked Question: “Why is leadership development important now?
Answer from Lee Ellis: “One of my Marine POW friends had an expression that “pain purifies.” There’s a lot of truth in that statement regarding leadership development. It’s not easy. If leadership development was easy, then everyone would wake up and do it automatically. Leadership development can be challenging because good leaders have to do something different to grow, improve, and succeed. Change is difficult—pain purifies.
I’ll give you an example. To be a better listener, that’s a difficult thing for many of us. It’s one of the most powerful things that a leader can do. To listen, you have be out of control, can’t set the agenda, have to be patient, have to set your ideas aside long enough to hear the other person’s ideas. But to become a better leader, you do have to learn how to become a better listener.”
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This FAQ is related to Lee Ellis’ book, Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton