How we deal with our inner child (the living foundation of “adult” life) influences how we feel, how we relate to others, how tired we get at the end of the day, how much we are able to focus and how much influence we have on others in our lives. Leaders who remain unaware of this fact are destined to dilute the most powerful force they can potentially offer others inside and outside their organization: a mature adult who experiences reality without the powerful emotions from the unresolved childhood conflicts (mostly tacit) robbing them of personal mastery and effectiveness. When leaders are controlled by an inner child that has suffered the disruption of parental excesses then the whole organization suffers. That is why I choose to focus on leadership self-knowledge. It is like the lever in physics. The leader’s awareness of self determines their relationship with themselves and represents the upper limit of what is possible for those whose lives are under their organizational control.

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