Robert Greene’s new book “Mastery” makes a compelling case that mastery is earned, not granted. He describes three distinct phases of the journey, I) Apprenticeship, II) Creative-Active and III) Mastery. For leaders, it’s valuable to apply this thinking to their  own quests – particularly keeping in mind the goal is not to become a master, but continually to pursue mastery with a purpose. Three suggestions for ongoing success:

  1. Embrace your own unique talent
  2. Develop it into a strength
  3. Devote yourself to a cause

Leadership is about inspiring and enabling others to do their absolute best, and together, realizing a meaningful and rewarding shared purpose. People will follow someone who takes them to a happy place in a happy way. But they will devote themselves to the cause of a BRAVE leader who helps them make sense of their behaviors, relationships, attitudes, values and environment. It’s not about you. It’s not about your talents or your strengths. It’s about the never ending pursuit of learning and getting better at inspiring and enabling others to join you in a shared purpose.

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