#13 Rap Lyric That Shaped My Leadership Style

For the background of this list – see my original post from 2-10-12.

The #13 Rap Lyric That Shaped My Leadership Style comes from Kanye West.  For those who listen to Kanye – he has some great lyrics, but not many you would consider in terms of shaping your leadership philosophies!   But I persevered, digging day and night through his catalog to find one – for you – HR Rap fans – all 3 of you.   From Kayne’s 2003 The College Dropout album and song “All Falls Down” – here is the #13 Lyric:

“We all self conscious, I’m just the first to admit it”

I believe to be a great leader, you have to have great self insight.   To me the lyric represents this philosophy.   In fact, I’ll go as far to say that is the single most important trait to the individual success of any employee – having strong self insight.   This a primary factor I look at when hiring for my team.

Think about this for a second – the main problem we run into as leaders is understanding how to utilize the strengths and opportunities of those employees we are given to perform a function.   But we must also know our own strengths and opportunities to truly be effective in leading.  Without this understanding, I’m guessing it would be very hard to actually judge this of your team – mainly because if you lack self insight, your team will see through this immediately.  You will have no credibility, and your ability to lead effectively will be greatly diminished.

Am I self conscious?  I don’t think I’m “overly” self conscious, but I can admit, at times I can be self conscious.  I know which times those are, and I’m careful not to let those feelings cloud my judgement.  Great leaders have the ability to understand their own “self-filters” they put on themselves – and adjust their decision making accordingly.  No one is perfect on this and for most it takes years to really understand all your self imposed filters.

So, do you know what your filters are?  Have you asked others – or done a full 360 assessment with subordinates, peers and supervisors all involved in one sample?  Try it – it will scare the hell out of you and at the same time be the greatest personal learning you’ll ever have!

3 thoughts on “#13 Rap Lyric That Shaped My Leadership Style

  1. I believe this video and the blog are right on target. I have been in a leadership role for over 14 years and the constant struggle has been between “leading”–as it is described here–and “managing”–which is what the “man” demands of my time. . . regrettably, the two terms of “leading” and “managing” are often interchanged and we must keep a clear distinction between them.

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