The Leadership Gap
The Leadership Gap

The Leadership Gap

What all talented leaders have in common is that they are good at what they do, and they all want to be great. So, ultimately, my job is to help them identify what stands between them and their greatness—what I call their leadership gap. (Location 266)

they are the ones who refuse to be stuck in their ways. They realize that there is a gap between where they are and where they want to be, and they are willing to rethink what they don’t know to overcome that gap. (Location 270)

It’s important to note that I don’t believe anyone has one fixed set of characteristics, neatly boxed up in an archetype. A human being is a unique combination of many parts consisting of polarities that create a whole person. I see leadership style as an arc that is in a constant state of movement and change—we shift from one style to another depending on the situation. (Location 292)

In The Art of War, Sun Tzu writes that to know your enemy, you must become your enemy. In the case of your leadership gap, the enemy is the compulsion inside you, which you don’t understand or value. (Location 399)

Low’s original vision promoted self-reliance and resourcefulness, preparing girls not only for traditional homemaking roles but also to be active citizens outside the home. (Location 413)

“How can I push the envelope?” (Location 475)

Confidence comes from skill, knowing that you have the ability to get things done. (Location 485)

The more skill you have, the more talent you have; the more competent you feel, the more competent you know you are; and—ultimately—the more confident you will be. (Location 486)

But instead of letting failure or the possibility of failure completely derail them, they tried again and again. (Location 518)

Confidence is believing you are able. Competence is knowing you are able. (Location 520)

According to research, 99 percent of us feel like imposters at least once in our lives. (Location 542)

Before you can become a rebel leader you must rethink what a rebel is. A rebel leader is supremely confident but can be a gentle warrior, too. (Location 620)

As an explorer, you are obsessed with rethinking the way things are commonly done. You question conventional wisdom, and are motivated to reassess processes and establish new business models in search of innovation and improvement. (Location 716)

This group of very clever and smart men and women instantly understood that success sometimes requires intuition. (Location 812)

Leaders do not become true leaders until they can learn to manage their fears in the face of difficulties and challenges. (Location 1408)

The hero says, “I will find the courage to do what I know I am capable of, even though I don’t yet know how.” (Location 1413)

When people feel safe, they risk big, and when they don’t feel safe, they avoid doing anything that might point the finger of blame on them if they make a mistake or fail. (Location 1417)

“It is what it is”? It is your job to stop idly standing by as your day-to-day life continues not to be the way you want it to be. (Location 1424)

You are in control of your own life and your own happiness to a huge extent. (Location 1426)

Great leaders aren’t just heroes; they’re also servants—to their people, their customers, their communities, and the world at large. (Location 1440)

Inventors constantly search for the best way to improve processes and products and to perfect their craft. (Location 1549)

excellence. Inventors have high standards and challenge others to meet them. (Location 1552)

In English, integrity means firm adherence to a moral code. In Latin, it means to be whole—you bring all of who you are, good and bad, strengths and weaknesses, together. (Location 1561)

A person of integrity is willing to bear the consequences of his innovations—whether it be disrupting a marketplace or changing lives. (Location 1572)

Their reaction gratified me. When I am asked to speak about producing results and becoming more successful, (Location 1578)

They wanted meaningful insight and I came to give it to them. (Location 1580)

As I explained to the students, everything in business, leadership, and success is founded on the virtue of integrity—it’s the force that leads the way. (Location 1583)

To persuade people to follow your vision and manifest your ideas, you must be believable; to be believable you must be credible; and to be credible you must be honorable. (Location 1602)

Of all the principles of character, integrity might just be the most critical. The word character is derived from the Greek word charassein, which means to sharpen or engrave. (Location 1679)

Shaping integrity requires a humble introspection into who we are, and it seeks wisdom from our vast experience. Our character is constantly asking us to take a closer look at our deepest motivation. (Location 1682)

Ester Fuchs is no ordinary woman. She accomplishes extraordinary feats with the heart of the navigator, in practical, pragmatic ways. (Location 1785)

I left the CEO with a very important message: “You get trust when you give trust.” When you trust your people, when you give them what they need, when you make them part of the vision, they will trust you in return. Trust them, and they will follow your lead. Not the other way around. (Location 1879)

Sometimes navigators take on the role of martyr. By constantly putting the needs of others before their own needs, they get a sense that they are needed. (Location 1902)

Trust is the virtue that enforces the Golden Rule—when we treat others the way we would like to be treated, it makes the world a more moral place. (Location 1980)

They are master navigators who know how to guide, direct, encourage, and challenge their people to contribute their very best, because they ask the same of themselves as leaders. (Location 1991)

one that is virtuous and moral. (Location 1998)