Some leadership gurus say that given the large list of competencies a leader would strive to develop, the hardest one is "personal learning." I agree. It's also, in my opinion, the most important. To me, it's all about self-awareness. Can I take the blinders off and hold the mirror up to my own face and tell the truth? Can I not only accept feedback, but also ask for it, knowing that it might be hard to hear. Can I take the feedback I get with grace and a stiff upper lip, say thank you, and then make a plan to change? And then, can I share my learning with someone and ask them to be an accountability partner and help me change?
That's a lot. And I can tell you with 100% certainty, that if you can do this, you too can be a great leader.