Lessons from Peonies and Roses
Do you see yourself as a leader? Discover one planner’s leadership journey in this first in a three-part series.

At a recent conference, when I was presenting the keynote speech, I asked the audience if they considered themselves leaders. No hands went up. They looked at each other as if to say, “Not me, no way.” Yet, the audience consisted of entrepreneurs who were running their own businesses, people leading multi-level teams, and those managing divisions of corporations.

Next, I asked them to define why they didn’t see themselves as leaders. The responses included: “I don’t have the title,” or “I don’t have the authority or responsibility.” Still others didn’t see themselves as leaders at all. How did they view themselves? Many saw themselves as managers, handling tasks that needed to be completed day in and day out.

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