Know thyself

Buck's Fizz

I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards becoming a champion.

Billie Jean King

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‘Know thyself’ was written on the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi as a message to the philosophers, statesmen and law-givers who laid the foundation for western culture. It is one of the greatest challenges for every leader: to know their strengths and development areas, to know what arouses strong emotions in themselves and how to manage them.

If you are a middle leader, stepping into a leadership role for the first time, your voyage of self-discovery is usually faster than it will be at any other point in your career. You are learning all the time, taking on new responsibilities, managing up and down, and often still have a pretty full timetable and little time to step back and reflect.

Your experiences and strengths as a teacher helped you reach your…

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