Is there one trait that serves others above all others? If yes, what might it be?
In the opinion of Anthony Tjan writing in a Harvard Business Review Blog, that leadership trait is self awareness. Tjan opens his piece by proposing that, “Without self-awareness, you cannot understand your strengths and weakness, your “super powers” versus your “kryptonite.” It is self-awareness that allows the best business-builders to walk the tightrope of leadership: projecting conviction while simultaneously remaining humble enough to be open to new ideas and opposing opinions”
Tjan concludes as follows.
Self-reflection and its reward of self-awareness cannot be thought of as passive exercises, new era meditation, or soft science. They’re absolutely essential. There is a reason why in rehabilitation programs the starting point is being aware enough to admit you have a problem. So, too, is the case in business leadership and personal development.