Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication Department


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In G. S. Matkin, H. M. Sunderman, & J. Headrick (Eds), Developing human potential: A personal approach to leadership (pp. 10 – 18). Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


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The way we see ourselves is critical to our development as leaders. The more we know about ourselves, the more strategic we can pursue leadership roles that fit our talents and values. The more we understand ourselves, the more easily we can understand others. The more mindful we can be of our feelings and state of mind, the more intentionally positive our actions can be. In short, our self-awareness as leaders is foundational and serves as an essential starting block for leadership development.