I am often guilty of trying to become some of the leaders I admire most. I start mirroring their mannerisms, energy levels and word choices. I’m not sure if it is driven by my desire to become the leader they are or my lack of confidence in the leader I am.
Incorporating the positive attributes of others into your own leadership style is a smart thing to do. It can accelerate your effectiveness and impact as a leader. But don’t allow yourself to mirror a person so much that you lose the “authentic you”. People don’t respect you for your ability to become someone else. They respect you for who you are and for the respect you, in turn, show for them.
Learn from other great leaders but don’t try to become them. The world already has that unique individual. What the world, and your team needs, is a continuously improving version of the “unique you”.
Be intentional about it…