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There are many necessary components to robust and authentic leadership. An unseasoned leader will flaunt the areas where she believes she is strong, but she will avoid dealing with those areas where she fears she is weak.

A wise leader will do the opposite. She will look the awkward, painful realities in the face and let humbling conversations change her. 

That is because a wise leader knows this upside down business idea: There is a love of pain that every leader craves.  

The pain a leader must love comes from discipline and correction. The king who wrote Proverbs put it this way: “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.” (Proverbs 12:1)

Do you seek out opportunities to respond to corrections and challenges? Or do you avoid the pain of reproof?

A leader who avoids humbly listening to critical feedback is foolish. 

But a leader who seeks out counselors, mentors and coaches to correct, challenge and push back will find knowledge and success. 

Embrace the discomfort of listening. 

Reject the cowardice of self-promotion and defensive posturing.

One path is smart. One path is stupid.

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